ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday summoned the Mayor Municipal Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) to appear before the court in environmental pollution case on Thursday.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the suo moto notice case regarding environmental pollution in Islamabad’s Sector I-9 Industrial Area.
During the course of proceedings, the chief justice said the capital’s industrial area had arrived in the middle of the city. He asked who gave permission to establish an industrial zone within Islamabad city?
The counsel for the CDA said it was part of the master plan.
The chief justice said he had heard that Islamabad and Canberra (an Australian city) were designed at the same time. He remarked that the Canberra city was in same position in which it was designed, but Islamabad was touching Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa from one side and Lahore from the other side. He said the court would never allow Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and CDA to do that. He said the buffer zone in the industrial area was demolished and asked who lived in this buffer zone.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan said the green belts had also been demolished and asked where were the industry regulators?
The chief justice asked who was representing the industry. The representative of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry appeared before the court and said they had repeatedly approached the CDA for establishment of new industrial zone. He said the CDA was going to establish a new industrial zone in Islamabad’s Sector I-17. The chief justice said I-17 sector would be centre of the city after 10 years.
He said the textile style industry should be established in Islamabad while the steel factories should be shifted to Gujranwala or Peshawar.
The chief justice asked the Director General Environmental Protection Agency Farzana Altaf that her department was also not working. Farzana Altaf said her department did not have an inspector. She said the department was implementing the apex court’s November 15, 2018 verdict. She said warehouses were being establishing instead of industry in Islamabad.
The chief justice said the whole nation had become shopkeepers and were selling smuggled and foreign items. Shops were visible in the entire country, he added.