KARACHI: The Environmental Protection Agency of Sindh has issued notice to most controversial project of recent era, i.e. Creek Marina, for failing to obtain Initial Environmental Examination or Environmental Impact Assessment and obtain approval from the Agency under Section 17 of Sindh environmental Protection Agency Act, 2014. The Agency has summoned officials of Creek Marina to appear in person on Feb 15 and explain their position, failing which legal proceedings will be initiated against them.
It may be recalled that the Regional Telegraph on Feb 3 had published starting revelations about the fraudulent conduct of Creek Marina project.
A Singaporean national, known as Dr Shahzad Nasim, who was to deliver this project more than a decade ago, has again launched the same old wine in new bottle in yet another attempt to entice well-off Pakistanis and grab their investment in this ponzi scheme.
It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Shahzad Nasim, a high roller in Pakistan, with considerable influence and esteem, is again developing the project without basic and fundamental compliance of the law and building regulations.
Court documents available with the Regional Telegraph suggest that the project has not received necessary permission from building authorities and environmental agencies. More importantly it has been alleged that the land on which the project is to be constructed was granted in an irregular manner.
The Environmental Protection Agency of Sindh, however, has finally taken notice and summoned officials of Creek Marina project on Feb 15 under section 21 (1) of Sindh Environmental Protection Act —2014.
A copy of the notice, available with the Regional Telegraph, states that Environmental Assessment is mandatory under the provisions of Sindh Environmental Protection Act, 2014. The Section 17 of the Act is reproduced as follows:
“No proponent of a project shall commence construction or operation unless he has filed with the Federal/Provincial Agency an initial environmental examination or, where the project is likely to cause an adverse environmental effect, an environmental impact assessment has obtained from the Provincial Agency approval in respect thereof”
WHEREAS, it is to inform that being the proponent of a scheme for construction of several buildings in Phase VIII, Defense Officers Housing Authority, Karachi, you are required to obtain Initial Environmental Examination or Environmental Impact Assessment and obtain approval from the Agency under Section 17 of Sindh environmental Protection Agency Act, 2014.
The notice says “have you not complied with section 17 of the Act Supra, the Creek Marina Project constructed in violation.”
The Agency has warned of legal proceedings should the management of Creek Marina fails to response / appear as per instructions.Creek-Marina-Notice