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The Dawn

Published Date: May 12, 2014

Sugar mill tragedy

THIS refers to the D.I. Khan sugar mill tragedy. May Allah bless the
departed souls, grant patience to their loved ones and full recovery with excellent sustained health to the injured.

Every industry (be
it sugar or some other product) in the country is fully responsible for
pre-treating its releases (effluents to land/water bodies and emissions
to air) at source before it reaches at the factory boundary exit point,
prior to flowing into the factory drain, if any.

The Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs) are fully responsible for implementing environmental legislation to safeguard the public and workers’ safety and health and protect the environment.

We look forward to the EPA (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) report/findings of the most unfortunate incident, with loss of precious lives, to bring to justice those responsible for the tragedy and the grant of due compensation to the affected families/individuals. However, industries need not be closed down or banned. The industrial progress and growth should continue in the country. This is essential for economic growth and poverty reduction.

What is most important is that our industry should turn into a green industry, with adequate investment in pollution
control measures, to avoid any such accidents in future.