8 pollution-causing factories sealed in Lahore amid smog crisis

Speaking to a local media source, EPD Deputy Director Ali Ejaz said that factories were draining industrial waste into the ground.

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Environment Protection Department (EPD) has sprung into action, sealing eight factories that were draining industrial waste underground using wells, contaminating underground water. The action was lead by EPD Deputy Director Ali Ejaz.

The sealed factories were:

  • Cane Engineering Services
  • Star Laboratory
  • Latco Engineering
  • ALCOP Aluminium Company
  • KOR Tech Auto Industry
  • KM Foods
  • Abbot Lab
  • and Munir Agri Factory.

Speaking to a local media source, Ali Ejaz said that factories were draining industrial waste into the ground. The waste was polluting the water. EPD team has also sealed Moeed Steel Mill in Wagha Town for using low-quality fuel and releasing smoke, adding to Lahore’s deteriorating air quality.

Amnesty censures Pakistan due to poor air quality:

According to Amnesty’s report, the step has been taken by the global watchdog for Pakistan’s failure to protect people from “exposure to hazardous air” and “risking and violating human rights to life and health”.

As per the statements revealed by Amnesty, the organization noted that AQI (Air Quality Index), Lahore touched 484 at 10:00am PST last week, raising concerns.

“The threshold for ‘hazardous’ level of air quality is 300 where people are advised to ‘avoid all physical activity outdoors’.”

Amnesty said that for most of this year, Lahore’s air quality fluctuated between unhealthy and very unhealthy.

“During the smog season – from October to January – air quality reaches hazardous levels.”

The data was collected by the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative, using monitors installed by United States Consulate in Lahore. The data was also crowd-sourced.

“The high level of smog is neither a new problem nor one that came without warning. The government of Pakistan needs to do much more to adequately address such a severe public health crisis – one that endangers people’s health and even their lives,” said Rimmel Mohydin, South Asia Campaigner at Amnesty International.

Amnesty further added that  “prolonged or heavy exposure to hazardous air can result in severe health issues including asthma, lung damage, bronchial infections, and heart problems and shortened life expectancy – putting at risk people’s rights to life and to health, as well as the right to a healthy environment.” (READ MORE HERE)

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