PESHAWAR: The district administrations of Peshawar and Khyber tribal district have sealed 11 illegal marble factories on Warsak Road and Mallagori localities.

Deputy Commissioners Peshawar Khalid Mahmood, DC Khyber Mansoor Rashid Khattak, District Police Officer (DPO) Khyber Wasim Riaz, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Peshawar Ashfaq Khan, Superintendent of Police Rural Omar Owais Kiyani, Deputy Director Industries and officers the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) inspected marble factories in Mallagori, Warsak Road and other localities and directed action against illegal marble factories. An official statement said the action has been taken on the directives of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

DC Peshawar Khalid Mahmood said that due to lack of filtration plant the polluted water of these factories was flown to canals through drains that were resulting in rendering nullahs dry and agriculture production was also being affected. He said the illegal factories were causing environmental pollution and polluted water in nullahs was troublesome for people.

The owners of these factories were warned through notices in the past to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) framed by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and installation of filtration plants. Due to lack of interest by the owners, the administration had to move against them.

Service delivery centre in Alpuri

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Revenue Qalandar Khan Lodhi Wednesday inaugurated a Service Delivery Centre (SDC) in Alpuri.

KP Minister for Labour and Culture Shaukat Yousafzai was also present on the occasion.
Talking to journalists, Qalandar Lodhi said the KP government was paying special attention to remote and backward areas.

Mr Lodhi said the Centre would provide better facilities to the people in short time, adding that the provincial government was facilitating the people to access the services under the good governance policy.

He said using GIS and other technologies, the provincial government was moving towards digital governance in which services would be made available to the public in a short period. He said the information related to property could now be obtained with a single click. He said all the revenue staff would be available for the service of the people at one centre in which all the data and services would be available to the public on computer.