EPA lab to be fully operational in three months: LHC told

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court was assured on Thursday that central testing laboratory of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be made fully operational in three months in order to enforce the pollution charge rules 2001 across the province of Punjab.

DG EPA Dr Javed Iqbal made the assurance before LHC Chief Syed Mansoor Ali Shah who was hearing a petition filed by one Naeem questioning the environmental impact assessment and initial environmental examination rules.

The DG EPA informed that Rs 158 million had already been allocated by the chief secretary for the construction of central EPA lab after the last order of court and the laboratory would be fully operational in the next three months.

At this, the chief justice adjourned the hearing of the matter for a month and sought a report.

The petitioner through his counsel Shiraz Zaka had filed the petition submitting that the EPA and other authorities had failed to perform their statutory obligations and there was neither any existence nor any implementation of ‘Pollution Charge Rules, 2001’. He submitted that the historical city of Lahore was becoming one of the most polluted cities

due to non-implementation of the rules and it had made the citizens’ lives miserable.