ISLAMABAD-The plastic manufacturing units set up in residential areas are jeopardizing public health.

Talking to APP, Taha Malik a resident of Mohallah Raja Sultan informed that his family and neighbours have been directly affected by an alleged plastic shoe recycling plant.

“The plant is working in the middle of the neighbourhood at the back of Government Post Graduate College Asghar Mall Rawalpindi. It has been operated in the morning and afternoon timings in a secret manner. The doors are being locked outside to pretend it as an abandoned property where the machinery starts crushing the plastic shoes,” he added.

The unit, he said, is a potential source of breeding dengue larvae which has not been inspected by the authorities.

He said, “The emissions of the plants are so pungent and suffocating that elderly, children and youngsters alike get problem in breathing. The crushing sound of the plant had made us sick as it has become unbearable to sit within the noise and ambient pollution together. It had made us mentally sick alongwith health complications.”

Subhan, another resident of the same vicinity said the plastic manufacturing unit has been operating for a long time where another unit of same category was also operating on the main street.

“The harmful gases being spewed by the plant have made the air unable to breath at peak times of its working. We urge the authorities to take action against the plastic units as they are detrimental for public health and environment,” he added.

When contacted Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD) Rawalpindi Deputy Director Amin Baig, he told APP that the plants at present are violating the law and are obliterating the section 11 of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act (PEPA Act), 1997.

“However, these plastic manufacturing plants do not fall in EPD’s schedule to seek No Objection Certificate for establishing their units,” he added.

To a question, he said the court can impose fine on the plastic units which would be made after proper inspection of the site.

IESCO issues power suspension schedule

Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) Friday issued two-day power suspension schedule for Saturday and Sunday for various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and routine development work. According to IESCO spokesman, the power supply of different feeders and grid stations would remain suspended on November 2, from 09:00am to 02:00pm, Shakrial, Farooq-e-Azam, Dhoke Hukamdad, Tehmasibad, B.B. Shaheed, RIC, Sector-IV, PAF, Jahangir Road, Maj. Masood, B.B. Shaheed, Jinnah Road, Gawalmandi, Mohan Pura, Pirwadhai, Quaid Abad, Dhoke Naju, Raja Sultan, Eid Gah, Bagh Sardaraan, PTCL, Fazal Ghee Mill, Bank Road-II, City Centre, Kashmir Road, Jahangir Road, Rehmatabad-1, Jail Park-1, Model Town, PCCI Express, PEPSI, Sarwer Shaheed, National Park, Dhoke Chaudherian, Kamalabad Park, Golra, Noon, Maj Riaz, Shahpour, Chakri, Girja, Jhawara, Old Rawat, Narh, Doberran, Industrial, Punjar, Hamid Jhangir, Jalala, Pourmiana, Shafi Chuhan and Nisar Shaeed (Tripple Circuit).

Margalla (Tripple Circuit), Museum (Tripple Circuit), New Barazai, Gondal, Hameed, Shadikhan (Double Circuit), Sirka (Double Circuit), Dhoke Fateh, Attock Rural, Peoples Colony, Shakar Dara, Shah Dher, Qazi Abad, Mathial, Pindigheb City, Qutbal, Fateh Jang (R), Pindi Sultani, Dhurnal, Main Bazar, Jhatla, Pera Fathial, Thoa Mehram Khan, D.S. Bilawal, Wanhar, Mial, Daroot, Neela, Dullaha, Bhoun, Kalar Kahar, Line Park, Chakral, Mureed, Main Bazar, Katchery, Lilla Town, Rawal, C.S. Shah, Abdullah Pur, Dhudial Rural, Dhoda, Nishan-e-Haider, Jand Awan, Mahoota, Bhair Kalyal, Puran, Bolani, Karyala, Ajmal Shaheed, F-8 Civil Line, F-7 Kutchery, F-5 Jada, Abbas Pura, F-3 Gul Afshan, Akram Shaheed, Zubair Shaheed, Pakhwal, Dina-3 Rohtas, Madu Kalas, Padial, Mumtaz Shaheed, Bewal, Cap Ahsan Waseem, Chappar Sharif, Kountrilla, and Samote feeders, 09:00am to 05:00pm, Bharama, Dirik, and Jhang, Mix Industries feeders, 09:00am to 03:00pm Thakra, Kountrilla, and Sadiqabad feeders.