Lahore high court directs punjab DCs to formulate anti-polythene policy.

In a significant move, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has instructed deputy commissioners (DCs) throughout Punjab to develop a comprehensive policy aimed at curbing the use of polythene bags.

Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC issued a written judgment in response to several petitions, including one filed by citizen Haroon Farooq.

The judgment mandates that each DC takes proactive measures in formulating a policy to address the collection and elimination of polythene bags, which includes the imposition of fees on the public for their usage.

Furthermore, the court has directed all industries across Punjab to install pollution-free devices and adopt waste management practices.

In a bid to ensure compliance, the court has summoned a detailed report within four weeks, specifically instructing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) to provide insights.

Government lawyers revealed that officials from the Department of Environment in Lahore, Sheikhupura, and Nankana have undergone transfers, signifying a renewed focus on environmental governance.

The court’s ruling also emphasizes stringent action against industries and brick kilns found to be emitting pollutants, underscoring the importance of environmental sustainability.

The case hearing has been adjourned until May 3, indicating ongoing judicial oversight on this crucial matter.