Published On: Wed, Mar 31st, 2021
Published in Category: Peshawar

Protection of Swat river from degradation is shared responsibility: DC Malakand

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Peshawar: Commissioner Malakand Division has said that no further degradation of ecosystem, adding that protection of the River Swat is a shared responsibility.

Commissioner Syed Zaheerul Islam said this during a high-level meeting at Commissioner Office Saidu Sharif.

The meeting reviewed progress of the implementation on the river Swat beautification plan. The meeting reviewed the measures and issues related to the restoration of natural beauty of the Swat River.

The meeting was briefed by the EPA, Industries, Mines and Minerals, Irrigation and District Administration.

The forum was briefed in detail on the elimination of encroachments around the Swat River, prevention of dumping of waste, illegal mining and industrial effluents and other environmental aspects.

Presiding over the meeting, Zaheer-ul-Islam issued instructions to address the challenges facing the natural beauty and structure of the Swat River and urged all concerned departments and district administrations to stop all illegal activities that could disturb the natural flow and beauty of the river.

The commissioner said that any such move and business endeavour should be discouraged as it could endanger the environment, biodiversity and natural beauty in beautiful districts like Swat, Buner and Malakand.

He issued special instructions to the EPA in this regard and said that no developmental, industrial and business activity should be allowed in the districts without environmental protection permits. “The protection of the environment and biodiversity is a shared responsibility of all of us, ” he said. The meeting also discussed the proposed Marble City project for Buner District and considered aspects related to its environmental protection.