ISLAMABAD - Despite repeated warnings of environmentalists and complaints of community, the project of converting waste materials into combustible fuel in the Federal Capital is causing grave environmental hazards besides adversely impacting health. The disposal of solid waste has always been a problem in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Keeping in view the garbage disposal problem in the Capital, the Fauji Cement Company (FCC) had made an offer to CDA to lift 500 tons of garbage from the dumps and convert it into fuel till the end of last year. An agreement had also been signed between CDA and FCC high-ups in August 2008 on condition that the company would lift the garbage until the construction of CDAs proposed landfill at Kuri village located at the outskirts of Islamabad. It was also decided that the FCC would lift up 500 tones of garbage from H-10 Sector open dumping site. Subsequently, a plant of converting waste into fuel was installed at the area. The plant is still successfully converting garbage into fuel, but at the same time it is also causing aggravated environmental perils. TheNation has learnt that people residing near the site complained of stinking smell caused by the project. While requesting not to be named, a staff member of FCC also informed that particularly students of the nearby Islamic University complained against the exercise and its adverse impacts on environment. It is to be mentioned here that Islamabad High Court had taken action against the exercise. While commenting on the issue, official of the Pakistan Environment Agency (Pak-EPA) said that the project was well maintained by the authority and not causing environmental problems. When contacted CDA Senior Director Mustafain Kazmi said that actually the H-10 project was launched on temporary basis for resolving issue of garbage as controversies developed on the proposed Kuri Landfill Project. Replaying to a question regarding H-10 issue, he said that no environmental hazards were associated with the project. He maintained that at present they could not start construction of Kuri Landfill Project owing to stay order of the court, however, we have done most of the homework, and would start construction of landfill project at Kuri Village as soon as possible. He informed that the project of Kuri Landfill would develop on UK-EPAs (Environmental Protection Agency) standards. It is worth-mentioning here that the CDA has proposed the countrys first landfill site on Kuri Road Islamabad in 2006. However, since that time, the local residents and the environmentalists had been resisting the Kuri project. They declared the site unsuitable for a landfill due to water recharge area and asked the CDA to look for another site for the purpose.