ISLAMABAD (our correspondent): The Senate Sub Committee on Climate changes has expressed serious concerns over not proper sanitation system for Islamabad to protect the water channels.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has presided the Sub-Committee of Senate Standing committee on Climate Change.

The Sub-Committee has conducted a visit of the water channels (Nullahs) of Islamabad. The committee assessed the environmental conditions of these natural water courses.

The Senate Sub-Committee also visit a proposed land fill site in Sangjani for the dumping of garbage of the Capital city.

The committee also noted with concern that there is no proper sanitation system for Islamabad was in place. It also note that there is no system for Kachi Abadi and CDA planned sectors.

The Committee members and the representative of civil society voiced serious concerns about the system.

The Sub-Committee has informed that 20 Nullahs of Islamabad sectors had similar problems. whether in posh localities or katchi abadis. There are unplanned construction without proper sewerage or sanitation facilities. They also told that there is no nullah Management system.

Member Planning CDA has given to the Sub-Committee, of the saga of the landfill site selected earlier in 2004 in Sanjani.

The Environmental Protection Agency had  given the NOC but the project was shelved in 2010, as land was given to a developer.

Senator Mushahid Hussain termed this ‘an act of criminal negligence. He said that some elements done this to protect vested interests.

Mushahid said the Senate will ensure that a landfill site is selected. He said that Islamabad becomes a plastic-free zone in 2019.

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