Published On: Mon, Jul 18th, 2016

EPA authorities close three restaurants in Karachi for polluting air

Staff Report
KARACHI: In a prompt action, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) initiated in line of Sindh Environment Protection Act 2014 is going to close down three food restaurants in Boat Basin following public complains of air pollution.
In a prompt action, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) initiated in line of Sindh Environment Protection Act 2014 is going to close down three food restaurants in Boat Basin following public complains of air pollution.
According to Mujtaba Baig, SEPA spokesperson, the Authority has earlier issued orders in this respect but restaurants namely Dua, Salateen and Khyber restaurants did not comply with them.
Official said in line of Under Section-22 of Sindhj Environment Protection Act 2014, SEPA has now decided to close down the businesses of restaurants with the assistance of area police and administration. Sindh Environment Protection Act 2014, the act under which SEPA is entitled to curb such air pollution activities.
The case would be heard at Environment Protection Tribunal Sindh in the next step.
“Activities of the barbeque by burning coal were causing health hazards to the nearby flat dwellers besides apartments just on the top of the restaurants,” Mujtaba added.
SEPA spokesman said that action is being taken and in this regard police and civil administration officials have been sent o the site of the restaurant and soon there would be likely action against them.

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