Owners of six others served notices
In a joint operation, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Environment Protection Agency (PEPA) demolished a brick kiln near Khanna Bridge on Islamabad Highway.
The Islamabad Administration and police also assisted CDA and PEPA during the operation, which was carried out under Environment Protection Act. The sources said the owners of these six brick kilns have been directed to shift their business near Chak Beli Khan where they would be provided land, water, gas and other basic facilities to start their work. “We have asked the owners of brick kilns to wind up their business at existing site within two months,” a CDA official said.
The CDA on request of EPA also served notices to owners of six other brick kilns to stop operating the kilns which along with causing air pollution, emitting smoke resulting in poor visibility to air traffic.
The operation was led by Deputy Director Enforcement Maqsood Jan, Deputy Director PEPA Dilawar and Assistant Commissioner Dr. Ehtesham Anwar. An official conducting operation said the operation was completed despite resistance from owner of the brick kiln. The operation against another brick kiln was stopped when its owner produced stay orders of a court.
This could be helpful in creating a better environment but what about the employees working in those kilns. Where will they go once the kiln is shifted to some other place? Will government take their responsibility? Will they be given jobs to fulfill their basic necessities? I do not think so. Government should make some plan before discarding the factories. They simply just can not make so many people unemployed.