EPD seals 33 units, imposes Rs 4 lac fine over spreading smoke

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Environment Protection Department (EPD) has sealed 33 industrial units and brick kilns and also imposed over Rs four lac fine over spread-ing smoke during last week in connection with on-going drive to avert from smog.

Deputy Director Environment Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Lodhi while talking to APP here on Sunday said that the inspection of the industrial units, smoke emitting vehicles and brick kilns was being ensured on daily basis by the departmental teams as preventive measures to avert from smog.

He said that the strict measures were being taken as smog has been declared as calamity in terms of Punjab National Calamities (prevention & relief) act 1958.

He said that they had sealed two industrial units over violation and Rs 50,000 fine was also imposed to them.

Likewise, 28 brick kilns were sealed over violation while Rs 4,00,000 fine was also imposed.

The EPD official further informed that over 100 vehicles were also used to challan while over Rs six lac fine was imposed over emitting smoke.

He said that the smog situation was under control across the district due to adopting timely measures and hoped that it will remain normal. He stated that the Air Quality Index (AQI) was also normal as no stubble burning start here while less industry here as compare to central Punjab.

Mr Lodhi said that the FIRs were also being got registered against the violators.

The agriculture department and district administration was taking action against stubble burning in the district, he concluded. —APP

 

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