LAHORE - The Punjab Environmental Protection Department has sealed 39 factories and mills in northern Lahore during a campaign against environmental pollution.

According to details on the complaints of citizens of northern Lahore, a raiding team was constituted under District Officer Environment Younis Zahid which sealed steel rerolling mills for using old tyres, carbon powder of tyres, coal powder without wet scrubber and producing tyre powder by extracting oil from old tyres.

The mills and factories which have been sealed include 22 steel rerolling mills, 12 charcoal drum melting units, three furnaces, pyrolysis plants and tyre carbons godowns.

Secretary Environment Iqbal Ahmed Chauhan has issued instructions to all Environment Officers to take stern action against the mills and factories causing environmental pollution which is dangerous to human health. He said that factory owners should make arrangements for safe fuel and refrain from using substandard fuel in their factories. He said that such safety equipment should be installed in the factories as is environment-friendly.

He said that action will be continued against the factories causing danger to human health and their cases will be sent to Environment Tribunal. Director General Environment Javed Iqbal said that no leniency will be shown to such factories and mills as violated the law.