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First-ever environmental lab approved

First-ever environmental lab approved


ISLAMABAD:

Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Balochistan’s Chief Minister, has approved the establishment of the first ever environmental laboratory in Lasbela. This lab will protect the environment and marine life.

An official of the Balochistan government stated that the research laboratory would be established at the Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, in district Lasbela, at a total cost of Rs100million.

The CM has also instructed the environment department that the laboratory be completed within the approved timeframes. The LUAWMS would provide the human resource necessary to run it.    

The environmental laboratory will help to detect and contain toxic contaminants that can affect the quality water, soil, or air in the province.

It will also give researchers a platform to analyze the effects of industrial refuse and their impacts on the environment using modern tools, technologies.

According to APP, a Balochistan Environment Department official said that the government had also planned to establish the Office of Environment Protection Agency (EPA), at Gwadar, to ensure strict implementation of environmental laws.            

To protect the environment and reduce pollution in the province, the government has intensified its efforts to enforce the Environmental Protection Act 2012.

Teams were created by the Environment Protection Department to ensure compliance with environmental laws at development sites.

Officials were directed to protect the natural habitats of wildlife in their respective areas.      

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He also stated that the principle decision was made to make Balochistan Environmental Council function for better coordination among provincial departments.     

Responding to a question, the official stated that 10 new Air Quality Monitoring Stations were being installed in border areas to analyze air quality on a regular basis.        

He concluded that the provincial government would place AQMS on various locations including Taftan (Chaman), Gwadar Khuzdar Hub, Loralai and Taftan), Chaman, Gwadar Khuzdar, Khuzdar, Hub and other areas.    

According to the official, available resources would also be used to preserve the environment’s natural resources.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18, 2008.Th, 2022.

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