The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and industrialists have unanimously agreed to make joint efforts to overcome the increasing environmental pollution issue.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Industrialists Association Peshawar President Malik Imran Ishaq and Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) on Commerce and Industry, Abdul Karim Khan here at the association office on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Chairman, IAP Standing Committee on Legal Affairs, Riaz Arshad, Chairman IAP Standing Committee on Finance, Haris Mufti, former vice president SCCI Junaid Altaf, Rashid Mehmood, Traders senior leader Haji Muhammad Afzal, Chief Executive Officer, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZD&MC), Javed Iqbal Khattak and CEO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade (KPBOIT) Hassan Daud Butt, Director General Environment Protection Agency (EPA) along with concerned government department officials and staff members.
On the occasion, comprehensively deliberated upon reports presented by senior officials of KPEZDMC and EPA respectively during the meeting.
Participants of the meeting suggested a number of proposals to tackle the increasing environmental pollution by latest technology and means, which were largely agreed.
The meeting decided on a technical consultant to be hired by KPEZDMC in seven working days, who would visit every chipboard industry to consult and prescribe a standardized low cost and high efficiency system to the industry(s) for control of pollution to meet the national environmental standards.
It was also agreed that a sub-committee (under this committee) be constituted to examine the overall EPA and its articles on plastic bags.
This sub-ordinate committee may hire a technical consultant who would consult in up-gradation of existing machines and systems of plastic bags production for the purpose of changing the nature of finished product, if possible, the meeting said.
The meeting decided a review meeting will be held on November 29, next week.
Earlier, Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) Abdul Karim Khan conducted an inspection during a visit to chipboard industries.