Principle of sustainable development be used in projects’ execution: DG Pak-EPA

ISLAMABAD: Director General Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) Farzana Altaf Shah Tuesday said fundamental principle of sustainable development should be kept in mind while executing development projects to avoid negative impacts on environment.

“Besides, adherence to commitments given in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) must be ensured,” she said while chairing a public hearing to review the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of Kashmir Garden, Zone-IV, Islamabad, said a press release.

About 100 participants belonging to different public sector organizations, allottees of the scheme and environmentalists, besides Joint Secretary (IC) Ministry of Climate Change attended the hearing.

The EIA report consultant in his presentation deliberated upon the salient features of the project, spreading over an area of 2,660.13 kanals, and efforts to mitigate negative impacts on environment.

The participants raised observations regarding the issues of solid waste management, availability of gas, treatment of waste water and the provision of too many commercial plots in the scheme.

The consultant informed that the scheme would be implemented strictly in accordance with the approved layout plan by Capital Development and building bye-laws, adding, only 20 percent of the plot area would be used for construction, primarily agro-farming scheme.

The DG, in her concluding remarks, said the conduct of public hearing provided an opportunity to all stakeholders to openly express their opinion about the developmental activities. Pak-EPA, through its subsequent monitoring activity, is also ensuring compliance to EMP, she added.