Islamabad - The Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has registered so far four companies to facilitate implementation of regulations regarding use of environment-friendly plastic shopping bags in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) area.

These companies have been registered to import, manufacture, stockpile, trade, supply, distribute, sell or use any scheduled plastic products which is bio-degradable.

Sources at Climate Change Division said due to this step, a number of major stores in Islamabad are now using environment-friendly plastic shopping bags. 

Highlighting the steps taken by the Ministry and its attached department, the sources said other small shopkeepers in ICT have also been contacted to use only bio-degradable shopping bags.     

Furthermore Pak-EPA is making efforts to implement the regulations in its true letter and spirit.

The sources said Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have also been asked to provide update about number of manufacturing units in Islamabad while Pak EPA also convened a meeting with Pakistan Business Council.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police registered 1738 narcotics related cases and apprehended  1787 accused in last five years. During the period, capital police also seized 1965kg charas, 165kg heroin and 74kg opium.

A year-wise break-up of five years showed on Sunday that in 2012 total 518 cases were registered and 530 accused were arrested while recovery of drugs was 361kg charas, 65kg heroin and 32kg opium.  In 2013, the authorities registered 361 cases, apprehended 376 accused and size of recovered drugs was 824kg charas, 30kg heroin and 36kg opium.

Similarly, the year 2014 witnessed registration of 318 cases and 327 arrests and recovery size was 239kg charas, 24kg heroin and 0.745kg opium while during year 2015 capital police registered 314 cases with 318 arrests and size of seizure drugs included 390kg charas, 32kg heroin and 3.48kg opium. The authorities concerned registered 227 cases in 2016 so far and nabbed 236 accused, besides, seizing 151kg charas, 13.48kg heroin and 1.52kg opium.