ISLAMABAD–Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA), having territorial jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), has so far filed 128 cases in Environmental Protection Tribunal during last three years.
The Pak-EPA, an attached department of Climate Change Division is
engaged in regular monitoring of industrial units located in Islamabad and forced all steel mills to install anti-pollution control devices.
In July, this year during monitoring, it was observed that five units
were emitting black smokes and were served notices under section 16 (1) of the Act and after personal hearing.
According to Pak-EPA here on Tuesday, it is preparing the cases to be
filed in the Environmental Protection Tribunal (EPT), Islamabad. It may be mentioned that Pak-EPA do not have power to take cognizance of offenses and cannot impose fine on the polluters under the rules.
The subject of “environmental pollution and ecology” has been devolved
to provinces after 18th amendment in the Constitution and now the provinces and their respective departments are responsible to implement the environmental laws.
Now the Tribunal has become functional after appointments of
Chairperson, Member (Technical) and Member (Legal) and the pending cases are being heard since November 28, 2014.