KARACHI - The Institutions like town administrations, industries of local government, industries and other departments of provincial government would be penalised if found creating pollution on their part proposed “The Sindh Environmental Protection Law”.

This was unveiled by the provincial minister for parliamentary affairs and environment departments Dr Sikandar Mandhro and senior officers of environment department at a consultative seminar here on Saturday.

Titled “Roundtable on New Environmental Law” organised by Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO), the seminar which was attended by the environmental experts, academia, agriculturists and others advised provincial government to continue reviewing the Provincial Environmental Bill by involving all stakeholders. They said in case it is put before the assembly it may cause problems for the Environmental Protection Agency itself.

Provincial minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro appreciated the audience for giving valuable inputs on the new bill and said being a civilized society it is government’s responsibility to make a law to live and act under the certain rules. He said the law does not only benefit the government but also the people and environment.

He said the law on any subject should be designed with the participation of the people related to the field, because they have opinions and may face problems in case of formation of the legislation. He said the presence of officials related to the law here shows that they are feeling responsibility to improve the bill.

The minister responding to suggestions from the participants said the local government institutions will also be put responsible if there is any violation on their part to create pollution.

In fact EPA does not have force and such mechanism. That is why we have brought it for getting input from civil society and academia and experts.

Earlier, DG PA Naeem Mughul presented the salient features of the bill, which he claimed to have designed after frequent meetings with concerned officials and other stakeholders. He said they are going to collect inputs from experts, academia and different stakeholders to improve it further and acceptable to all.