Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change in its meeting on Monday has constituted a Sub-Committee to take up in detail the issues of waste management, hospital waste management, situation of Nullahs and encroachments in the Islamabad Capital Territory. The Sub-Committee will be headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed with Senators Barrister Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Senator Keshoo Bai as its members.
The meeting was held with Senator Sitara Auaz in the chair and was attended among others by Senators Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Barrister Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Keshoo Bai, Sherry Rehman, Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Gul Bashra, Scretary Climate Change, Chief Commissioner ICT, Chairman CDA, Chief Metropolitan Officer MCI, DG EPA and other officials from the ministries and departments concerned. The Committee was given comprehensive briefing by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regarding cleaning of Nullahs hospital wastes, air and water pollution and the conformist ideas of the Climate Change ministries.
Members of the Committee expressed surprise on knowing that there is no regulatory framework in place as of today regarding hospital waste management. The Committee was told that hospitals have initiated the process of installing incinerators for burning of hospital waste but there is a need for one centralised facility in the city instead of a number of incinerators. Chairman CDA assured the Committee that CDA and EPA will sit together to explore the possibility of identifying a site for hospital waste incineration and dumping in the city.
The issues of cleaning of nullahs and removing encroachments were also discussed at length. The Committee was told that MCI is in process of removing encroachments which will be followed by regularisation and standardisation of kiosks to make them aesthetically appealing. The Committee reiterated that while anti-encroachment drive is important it shouldn’t be anti-poor and care should be taken so as it doesn’t give way to bribes in the process of regularisation.