Judicial commission takes notice of contamination of water sources

KARACHI: The judicial commission took notice on Friday of the dumping of hazardous waste produced by the Thermal Power Plant in Jamshoro into water sources, which were being contaminated and becoming hazardous to human health.
Earlier, the Rangers presented a report, stating that patrolling had been intensified along the Malir riverbed to curb illegal excavation of sand and stone.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar left the courtroom when Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra entered.
It directed them to submit a summary containing details of transfers and postings of medical superintendents and project directors made in the health department in the last six months.
Justice (retd) Muslim told the health secretary and health DG that officers were frequently being transferred after the commission assigned them any duty.
The secretary sought six additional months to ensure the provision of clean drinking water at every health facility in the province.
He informed the commission that a work plan had been devised for the installation of incinerators at the hospitals to ensure safe disposal of toxic medical waste, adding a summary had also been moved to the chief secretary for approval.
The commission told the health secretary to submit a timeframe for the provision of clean drinking water and a sewerage system at the hospitals of Nawabshah, Larkana and other districts.
It also sought details from the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and Water and Sanitation Authority Hyderabad to submit details of pipelines laid down in the two cities.
The commission directed the education secretary to furnish details regarding progress in the provision of clean drinking water at schools and colleges across the province.

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