ISLAMABAD: Before moving the temporary landfill site from I-12 to H-16, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has agreed to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Officials from the civic body said the CDA board would discuss the temporary landfill site, set up on 100 Kanals of barren and unplanned land in H-16, at its next meeting. The municipal agency has agreed to conduct an environmental impact assessment through the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA).

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When reached by phone, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed announced that the CDA board of directors would consider moving the temporary landfill site from I-12 to H-16. Only if the board approved, he said, would the site be relocated temporarily before the CDA and other authorities involved finish work on establishing a proper landfill site that would be a long-term and permanent solution.

It’s worth noting that the CDA and the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) will construct a landfill near Chakwal. Officials from both organizations recently met to discuss this issue.

CDA officials stated that relocating the landfill from I-12 was necessary because the civic agency was about to begin construction work in the region. They said that those who were given land in the sector demanded that it be developed.

There is currently no landfill site in Islamabad, and garbage is dumped under temporary arrangements. In 2004, the CDA chose a site near Kuri to construct a proper and scientific landfill site based on the recommendations of foreign consultants.

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