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Minister assures builders fast track processing of NOCs from SEPA.

KARACHI:Sindh Caretaker Minister for Information, Law and Environment Jameel Yousuf and the Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) Thursday agreed for the fast track

processing and disposal of applications submitted by builders and developers for No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

This was decided in a meeting held at ABAD House between the

provincial minister and Chairman ABAD Arif Yousuf Jeewa. Senior

vice chairman ABAD Fayyaz Ilyas, Chairman Southern Region Altaf

Tai, former senior vice chairman Muhammad Hassan Bakshi, Additional

Chief Secretary Environment Mukhtiar H Soomro, Additional Director

General SEPA Noman Mughal and Director Technical Waqar Phoolpoto

and other officials were also present in the meeting.

Jameel Yousuf said that he had written to the Director General

of SEPA to issue NOCs immediately after due process according to

rules because businessmen are investing huge money into their

businesses and they cannot wait for a long period.

He said Additional Chief Secretary Mukhtiar Soomro was trying his

best to streamline working of the department.

The minister directed the officials concerned to respond to the

proponent within seven days and fulfill all obligations within

stipulated time frame according to the rules and regulations.

He also agreed with the proposal of ABAD that Section 17(4) of

SEPA Act, which was regarding timeframe of issuance of NOC, be

printed on the prescribed form.

Jameel Yousuf also agreed to a proposal of ABAD that all

applications of builders and developers for NOCs be forwarded by

ABAD to SEPA for further processing and for the purpose ABAD would coordinate between its members and SEPA.

Earlier during the meeting, Chairman ABAD Arif Yousuf Jeewa

said relevant rules regarding time frame for issuance of NOC

be printed on the prescribed form so that proponent could know the

time frame and fulfill his responsibility accordingly.

Arif Yousuf said that SEPA should also issue acknowledgment to

the proponent. ABAD would play its role as pool between proponents,

who were members of ABAD and SEPA for swift resolution of issues.

ABAD would collect all such applications and forward to SEPA

for further processing, he said, adding that focal persons from

both the sides also be appointed for continuous coordination.

The minister accepted the suggestion and said that two officers

from SEPA and two members from ABAD would look after the affairs.

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Publication:Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 21, 2018
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