NHA environment section takes care of environmental aspects of national highways.
committed to build environment-friendly roads while integrating
environmental, economic and community goals into the planning,
design, construction and operation of national highways.
To shape this commitment into reality, an Environment Section
has been formed at NHA headquarters to take care of environmental
aspects of highways. Main tasks performed by Environmental section
include screening of projects according to Pakistan Environmental
Protection Act, hiring of consultant to prepare environment impact
assessment, preparation of terms of reference for consultants,said an
official of NHA, Monday.
The NHA environmental section is also responsible for review of
initial environmental examination report and environment impact
assessment, it also coordinates with Environment Protection Agency
(EPA) and International Financial Institutions and Agencies for
approval and organizes and conducts public hearing and does
processing of progress reports Conduct-environmental audits.
It also prepare due diligence reports and environmental grievances redressal.
Environmental Management System at different stages is as follows.
At the planning stage the environmental cell does initial
Environmental Impact Assessment at the conception of project and
selection of road alignment having minimum environmental and social
consequences. He said that a comprehensive Environmental Impact
Assessment study is carried out for selected alignment and
environmental mitigation cost is included in PC-1.
At construction stage Site Specific Environmental Management and
Monitoring Plans are formulated and implemented by the environmental
section and Environmental Site Inspections performance monitoring
are also done.
The section also organizes environmental audits at the end of
construction stage and monitoring reports are prepared and submitted
to concerned quarters.
He said at the execution stage,traffic safety signboards are
placed by tree plantation is done by the NHA environmental cell ; highways
and motorway police is deputed. He said that there is system of taxes and penalties
in case environmental pollution.
He said that at present NHA is implementing a large number of
projects with the assistance International Financial Institutions
(IFIs) such as World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Islamic development Bank
(IDB), which are subject to the IFI's Environmental & Social Safeguard
Policies. Some of the exemplary projects with respect to Environmental
Management in NHA are E-35 and M-4.
He said that NHA is determined to carry out afforestation across
highways and motorways. In this regard approximately 5.3 million
trees/ plants have been planted in the right of way and in medians
along motorways and highways for beautification, landscaping and to
control environment pollution since 1993 to 2017.
Recently FWO in collaboration with NHA has planted 300,000 plants on
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|Publication:||Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Feb 5, 2018|
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