The issues raised at the public hearing have been discussed on various platforms, including the Senate Committee on CADD, in the past. The Green Force, a group of Islamabad environmental activists, brought to the focus the fact that while everyone is aware of what is causing the environmental degradation of Islamabad, but the problem is with implementation, as nothing changes on the ground! Mr Anwar Baig said that the solid waste should be separated at the household level, but there was no mention of how the citizenry should be sensitized on the rudiments of recycling and the need to separate the waste. Members of the Green Force again raised the need to have a pedestrian and cycle friendly city, and stop the encroachments in the green belts, parks and the Margalla Hills, the need to keep the nullahs clean and legislate against the use of plastic bags.
Dr Pervez Hassan concluded the discussion by saying that there would have to be a short, medium and long-term plan for rescuing Islamabad’s environment from degradation. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for the 29th of June.
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