RAWALPINDI, Feb 21: The Punjab environment tribunal on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs40,000 on the owner of a poultry farm in Murree for discharging sewage into a clean drinking water source.
The tribunal also issued warrants for the arrest of the owners of 11 poultry farms, a private school, a hotel and stone crushers for not appearing before it.
It also asked the owners of four stone crushers at Taxila to submit by April 11 clarifications for not adopting environment protection measures.
The orders were issued during a camp court at the commissioner office here. The tribunal, headed by Abdur Rasheed with members Prof A. R. Saleemi and Awais Rabbani, took up 37 cases relating to environment pollution in Taxila and discharge of sewage into streams in and around Murree that enter Rawal Lake, the main source of drinking water in Rawalpindi.
The tribunal adjourned proceedings in 18 cases against the owners of poultry farms.
Chaudhry Abdul Latif, the owner of a poultry farm, appeared before the tribunal and acknowledged that his two poultry farms were discharging sewage into a stream.
“I don’t know about the problem and I assure the tribunal that the sewage will be treated according to the methods recommended by the environment protection agency,” he said.
The tribunal accepted his plea and imposed a fine of Rs20,000 on each of his two units and directed him to install a sewage treatment system in these units.
The owners of a private school near Company Bagh, Murree, a hotel and a poultry farm did not appear before the tribunal. Besides, stone crushers from Taxila, including Afzal Mehmood, Mohammad Zameer, Sharif Khan, Abdul Majeed, Mohammad Sajid, Murtaza Ahmed and Tariq Mehmood, also failed to appear before the tribunal despite being served notices during the last two months.
Four stone crushers informed the tribunal that they had closed down their machines.
Upon this, the tribunal asked the environmental protection agency to visit the area.
The tribunal also sought reply from the owners of 18 poultry farms for not adopting environment safety measures and polluting the clean drinking streams.
On Friday, the tribunal will take up a case against the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board regarding dumping of solid waste at Dhoke Gujran near Misrial Road without adopting environment safety measures and creating problems for the residents.