Islamabad - The Supreme Court Thursday sought report from chairman Capital Development Authority regarding establishment of hotels and restaurants on green belts of Islamabad.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Umar Atta Bandial heard suo motu notice related to environment pollution.

The court observed that Islamabad was no more a clean city, as it used to be 10 years ago because people in the federal capital are also facing environmental pollution, smoke emitting vehicles, and out of order drains.

The court also sought reports from the federal and the provincial governments to control pollution on next date of hearing. The court ordered the Islamabad administration to launch campaign to beautify hilly areas and mountains.

The Punjab government presented report, which says water treatment plants had been installed in the province.

It says new environmental laboratories have been established at Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Rahim Yar Khan.

The report says the procurement of field-testing kits for measurement of ambient air quality parameters i.e. smoke, vehicular exhaust gases and noise has been made. “Due to promotional and legal action, 164 air pollution control devices have been installed by different industrial units,” it added.

The court appreciated the efforts but observed that people in far-flung and rural areas still did not have clean drinking water.

Justice Ejaz stated in urban areas people suffer from dangerous deceases due to filth and polluted water.

Additional Advocate General Sindh Shafi Chandio informed that the provincial government would soon start the metro bus project in the province, while mass urban transport system is also under consideration.

He said according to the project, 100 buses for Karachi and 500 buses for other parts of Sindh would ply on roads. He further told the provincial government amended the Motor Vehicle Ordinance and imposed heavy fine on owners of public transporters, who plying old buses and vans.

Justice Ejaz remarked what is the advantage of such steps if those were not beneficial for ordinary citizens? He said in Karachi garbage heaps were found everywhere and the people dying of polluted water.

Muhammad Arshad Cheema, representative CDA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), submitting report informed that all the stone crushing factories in Taxila had been closed, while the oil refineries had been directed to adopt modern filtration system. For vehicles examination latest monitoring units have been provided to relevant authorities.

Justice Ejaz Afzal said Khanpur and Maripur jungles have been cut, which became cause of landslide.

The court observed that cutting of jungles badly affect the environmental pollution, and directed to take affective measures to stop the cutting of jungles.

The Additional Advocate General Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa also submitted the report. Justice Ejaz Afzal expressed satisfaction over some of the steps taken by the federal and provincial governments but observed that sewerage issue should not be ignored as it become major cause of environmental pollution.

The hearing was adjourned till the second week of January.