New Coal Power Plant have not adverse impact on environment: Zahid

New Coal Power Plant have not adverse impact on environment: Zahid

ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change was informed on Friday that the new coal power plants in the country were having no adverse impact on environment.

Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid told the committee that impression that temperature in summer increased due to coal power plants was not correct.

The minister briefed the committee about the coal power plants being established in the country.

He told the committee, chaired by Senator Yousuf Badini, that Lakhra Coal Power Station Jamshoro, Fauji Fertilizer and Power Plant in Karachi were functional.

While work on other projects including Port Qasim Coal Power Project was continuing, he added.

The minister said the solution of the present energy crisis was building of coal power plants, which were important to keep the industries running.

He said power plants had no effect on temperatures in summer.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid said first it was said that the government was not utilising the coal reserves of Thar but when it started using the coal for power projects, it faced criticism citing environmental concerns.

The chairman committee and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed raised the issue of torture of senior journalist of Pakistan Television Arsalan Asad by an officer of the Ministry of Climate Change.

They said it was not understandable as to why a government officer abused the journalist during an event of the federal minister.

They urged that the journalist should be provided justice.

Arslan Asad had complained of the partial attitude of the Secretary of the ministry.

The minister assured that he himself would look into this issue. He said that he regarded media with respect and he would resolve the issue in a day.

The meeting was also attended by Director General Meteorological Department Ghulam Rasool and officials of Capital Development Authority (CDA).

DG Met Ghulam Rasool informed the committee that an early warning system was installed to get timely information about heat waves in Karachi.

He told that Met Office continued to relay information to power company K Electric about impact of heat in congested areas of Karachi.

While using that information, K Electric could make arrangements to reduce power shortages in different areas of Karachi.

He said people of Karachi should remain alert to keep themselves safe from the approaching heat wave.

The possibility of heat wave will increase with the rise in temperature in Karachi in the months of May and June as during these months the temperatures will rise above 40 degrees centigrade, he mentioned.

The DG said the temperatures in March this year soared to record breaking levels.

The members urged Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials to undertake plantation campaign to improve environment of Islamabad.

Some of the members were not happy as CDA instead of planting fresh flowers, resorted to decorate the city roads with artificial flowers.

The CDA official told that artificial flowers were planted before the summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). (APP)