Islamabad: The Standing Committee on Climate Change, in a meeting, on Friday expressed grave displeasure over poor cleanliness and maintenance of the Faisal Mosque, despite 24/7 presence of janitorial and other staff.
The Senate body asserted that the management must devise a proper mechanism for management and cleanliness of the Mosque.
The meeting also suggested Imam to emphasize the importance of cleanliness in his ‘Khutbas’. It stressed the need for stringent supervision so that matters may come under control.
The committee members said that the blame game must end, adding that accepting responsibility is the only way forward.
While stressing the need for ownership, Chairperson Committee Senator Sitara Ayaz asserted that this issue has been tabled numerous times and must not be brought to the Committee again.
Chairperson Sitara Ayaz strictly directed the Dawa Academy, custodian of Faisal Mosque, Mosque management and CDA to address all issues pertaining to cleanliness and management of the Mosque immediately.
Meanwhile, the Senate committee was also briefed about the management and protection of the Margalla Hills National Park.
Discussing the management and protection of the Margalla Hills National Park and the challenges that it faces it was observed that more than a 100 clean up drives were organized in different trails of the Margalla Hills National Park from March 2016 to February 2020.
Many tonnes of litter and garbage have been removed. Margalla Hills National Park has now been declared Plastic free.
The Committee was informed that District Administration Islamabad issued Section 144 to control environmental destructive activities.
The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board informed the Committee that efforts are being made to modify rules so that violators are fined. Warnings have been sent to local councillors and restaurants within the park.
Speaking of challenges, the Committee was briefed of the issue of ownership of the Park.
The Punjab government leased the land to CDA for management purposes. Boundary demarcation was another persistent issue. It was asserted that the biggest problem is that CDA works in silos and hence issues persist.
The committee was informed that major plans are underway that include an education and awareness centre.
The committee also directed that implementation of plans must be ensured at the earliest.
The meeting was attended by Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Faisal Javed, Senator Muhammad Akramand senior officers from the Ministry for Climate Change along with all concerned.