KARACHI: Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Law, Environment, Coastal Development and Climate Change Barrister Murtaza Wahab has said that the provincial government had planned to install three sewerage treatment plants in Karachi.
He said this while speaking as the chief guest to the virtual event organized by National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA), Karachi, to celebrate the World Ocean Day.
Murtaza Wahab said that Pakistan was blessed with more than 1,000 ki9lometers of coastline and it was our duty to keep our seas free from pollution and the government of Sindh was fully aware of that.
“The government is keen to take measures to preserve our ocean and the Sindh government has accordingly planned to install three sewerage treatment plants in Karachi,” he said.
The oceans produce at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, and are home to the most of earth’s biodiversity, they nourish billions of people and employ millions worldwide. Humanity’s interconnectivity to the ocean is core to our identities, cultures and ways of life.
In his address, Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem, Director General NIMA, highlighted the importance of oceans to the mankind. He said that the main objective of observing the World Oceans Day was to mobilize and unite the global citizens to protect and sustain the World Oceans and to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life.
Former director general of NIO and marine expert Dr Nuzhat Khan said, “Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on ocean life, biodiversity and consequently on sociological and economic aspect of life.”