Peshawar: The District Administration Peshawar, in collaboration with the Environment Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), recently conducted a joint operation to inspect various marble factories operational in the city, a news source reported. Eleven of these factories have been sealed for causing environmental pollution.
Additional Assistant Commissioner Town-II Mina Zahir, along with Inspector Environment Department Riaz Khan, raided and inspected marble factories located on Warsak Road on the orders of Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar. During these inspections, they found that some factories did not have filtration plants or were not following the code of conduct relayed by the Environment Department. All such facilities, thereafter, were temporarily shut down; with their owners scheduled to face legal proceedings in the coming period.
The lack of filtration plants in these factories had resulted in polluted, even toxic, water being drained into the city’s canals. This, further, had caused canal blockages – affecting the regions agricultural productivity as well as contributing to other forms of environmental pollution.