SHC issues notice on petition against contamination of Keenjhar Lake

July 16, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: A non-governmental organization (NGO) has approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking action against discharge of contaminated industrial waste and effluent in the Keenjhar Lake, which provides water to population of Karachi and most of Thatta.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai issued notice to chief secretary, secretaries of irrigation and industries departments, director general of environment protection agency, managing director of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and commissioner Hyderabad.

The petitioner, Human Rights Groups of Pakistan, through its trustee, Muhammad Irfan submitted that contaminated water from Kotri and Nooriabad industries and effluent is flown in Keenjhar Lake, which has put life of residents of Karachi and Thatta in danger who are consuming unsuitable water.

He said that Keenjhar Lake main source which provides water to entire population of Karachi, adding that untreated industries waste is discharged for the past 10 years into the lake, making water more poisonous. The petitioner said that authorities concerned have failed to take any action against discharge of contaminated water into the lake.

He said that besides causing danger to human population, the contaminated water was also affecting the biodiversity in the lake, which would directly affect the livelihood of fishermen, adding that approximately 50000 fishermen have rendered jobless due to the loss of biodiversity.

The petitioner requested the court to direct the authorities concerned to stop the discharge of polluted water into the lake. After hearing initial arguments of petitioner, the court issued notice to respondents and adjourned the hearing to August 28.