SC seeks commission report on air pollution control


LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday summoned members of a commission, formed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to look into the causes of smog and rising air pollution, in a bid to know the progress made so far in the matter.

The bench also sought the members’ opinions on the solutions recommended by the environment department to address the issue.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice against rising air pollution, at the Supreme Court Lahore registry.

Earlier, Secretary Environment Saif Anjum appeared before the bench and submitted two separate reports for addressing the issue of rising pollution.

He apprised the bench about various causes of rising air pollution including the burning of agriculture waste, vehicle emissions and others. He said that six air monitoring units had been installed in Lahore and another 30 would be installed in the coming years.

He also said that a plan had been devised and 50 per cent air pollution would be reduced within the next five years.

The court asked the secretary to gain knowledge about the methods adopted by other countries to keep a check on rising pollution.

The bench then adjourned the hearing and summoned members of the commission after it was informed that the LHC had already formed a bench to look into the causes of rising air pollution.