Karachi: As many as 1000 students of various DHA educational institutions wearing colourful caps and specially prepared aprons and gloves continued with a massive beach cleaning activity organized by DHA at Sea View Beach near McDonald restaurant here today. Mir Hussain Ali, Secretary Environment, Sindh Govt was the chief guest of the function.
The motto of the campaign is ‘do not litter, let Karachi glitter’. The students presented beautiful songs on the occasion and reaffirmed to protect the natural environment from all sorts of pollution and promised to make Karachi cleaner. The aim of the three days campaign is to create environmental awareness in all cross sections of society.
Mr Mir Ali, Secretary Environment appreciated the initiative of DHA to organize a beach cleaning campaign for consecutive three days. He praised the zeal and enthusiasm of students for the campaign and said it would help in creating awareness among the masses to protect the natural surroundings from environmental pollution.
Secretary Environment reiterated that SEPA as an environmental watchdog was responsible for ensuring adherence to Pakistan Environmental laws by all the organizations/setups in the country. He however regretted that industries in Pakistan were flagrantly violating the law through un safe hazardous discharge of their wastes causing pollution to the environment. He maintained that city governments, cantt boards and water board were largely responsible for untreated discharge of sewer in the open sea which was hazardous to human, marine and ecological life.
Secretary Environment said that transporters were mainly responsible for causing air pollution which was seriously affecting health of the community. He said that we as a generation had utterly failed in preserving the environment. He said that young generation had lot of responsibility in preserving the environment from pollution and maintaining clean and healthy environments.
The students and teachers later participated enthusiastically in the beach cleaning campaign. Director Education DHA Brig (R) Iftikhar Arshad earlier said that the beach cleaning was culmination of the intensive “keep Karachi clean and green” campaign. He said that posters, essays and speech competitions for students under the aegis of DHA Educational Dte were held which preceded the beach cleaning campaign.
The three days Beach Cleaning Campaign will finish on Thursday. Ms Nasreen Jalil, Naib Nazim City Govt would be the chief guest of the concluding ceremony.
Source: DHA Karachi