LAHORE - Environmental Protection Agency Punjab has directed a cement factory in Chakwal district to take remedial measures or stop pollution causing activities in the close vicinity of lush green Kalar Kahar. The EPA Punjab has issued Environmental Protection Order to Pakistan Cement Factory, directing the management to take steps to control pollution within 30 days for avoiding proceedings under the relevant sections of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997. The EPA Punjab has directed the factory management to control indiscriminate disposal of wastewater and treat it in conformity with the NEQS, restrain from diverting storm water to the agriculture field and water ponds, control dust and gaseous emissions generated during abnormal plant conditions, adopt remedial measures to control ambient dust level to the satisfaction of EPA, apply for paying penalty for violation of section 12 of PEPA-1997 as envisaged in section 17 of the act in respect of cement plant and quarry site separately and maintain record of the times during which start up and upset conditions occur and shall mention the total time elapsed in such conditions besides maintaining separate log book of non operation of pollution control devices on daily basis and furnish monthly report to the EPA. On the complaint of Waseem Ahmed Raja, a resident of Mallot Daleelpur, the EPA Punjab inspected the site and found gross violation of PEPA-1997. The inspection team found establishment and operation of plant and quarry sites without securing mandatory environmental approval under section 12 of PEPA-1997, indiscriminate disposal of untreated wastewater, emission of particulate matter into environment during abnormal plant conditions, generation of fugitive dust due to unpaved roads and other activities like drilling, blasting, loading, unloading, grinding and mixing besides generation of excessive noise and vibration. On the basis of inspection report, the EPA Punjab summoned the factory management for hearing and submission of written defence. The factory management submitted written reply, which the EPA Punjab rejected on the grounds that the plant is causing environmental pollution and social implications are arising besides violation of PEPA-1997. I-Day celebrated with solemnity The Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with simplicity and solemnity by all formations and units of Lahore Garrison on (Thursday). An elaborated daylong programme was chalked out befitting the occasion. At the mosques of all formations and units, special prayers were offered for integrity, solidarity and prosperity of Pakistan after Fajr prayers. The day dawned with 21 guns salute at Ayub Stadium, Lahore. National flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Formation Headquarters and Units of the garrison in unison with the national ceremony in the federal capital. Message of the Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani was read out to the troops at the special darbars. Later, a get-together was hosted by Commander, Lahore Corps, Lt-Gen Ijaz Ahmad Bakhshi in the honour of serving and the retired officers, junior commissioned officers and jawans of Lahore Garrison as a part of Independence Day celebrations.