Media reported that Sindh High Court sent the government notice concerning the vegetable farming of industrial and sewage waste in the province.
Jutice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, the Chief Secretary, Commissioner Karachi, and Vice-Commissioners, issued notices to the Sindh Government.
At the next hearing, the court ordered the officers to report in detail their areas. The bench listened to a petition on the use of untreated industrial waste and waste from sewerage in urban vegetable farming.
During the hearing of this case Jutice Muhammad Ali Mazhar noticed that vegetables were grown with dirty sewerage water in the city.
“What are you providing the citizens as food item,” Justice Mazhar questioned.
The court adjourned further hearing of the case till February 25.
It is to be mentioned here that an elaborate waste water irrigation system runs along vast stretches of vegetable beds and animal fodder fields with stinking sewerage water, where once a gleaming Malir river existed.
The poisonous waters of the river Malir in Karachi are growing vegetables.
Hundreds of acres of land on the Malir river were cultivated by farmers. We use the river to drink their seeds and to plant fruits and vegetables. The problem, however, is that the river is polluted by the untreated waste dumped in factories.
A letter was sent to District Korangi’s Vice Commissioner for Cultivation by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s managing director.