Capital Development Authority’s machine pool organization (CDA’s MPO) based in H-10 sector, Islamabad exact at the entrance of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).
Into the university premises, CDA’s heavy construction machinery, dumper trucks, trolleys and an asphalt mixing plant making hindrance to the educational institution every morning from the Kashmir Highway.
As there is no alternate route to enter in the university premises the only passage is from Kashmir Highway where heavy machinery clog the university transport until the refueling and repairing done. It takes a span of time which is a nuisance for the chauffeur and the students to reach on time.
Apart from the time, another big problem, the asphalt mixing plant. The stinking bulky clouds of smokes bellowed from the chimneys of the plant polluted the air on the educational institute and in the ambiance whenever the process carry out in a day.
Asphalt plants mix gravel and sand with crude oil products to make the asphalt used to pave roads, parking and highways. The plant release chemicals to the air during production causing toxic air pollutants.
Having an asphalt mixing plant so close to educational institute and the citizens in the zone causes severe health hazards. The exposure to asphalt fumes can cause headaches, skin rashes, fatigue, reduced appetite, throat, eye irritation, and coughing.
Even if an asphalt plant accommodate all air pollution standards, people living adjacent are still exposed to cancer causing substances that can cause long term damage. But there’s no safety measures as this plant situated in the boundary of IIUI that is a continual source of pollution and create severe health concerns.
To address this emergent issue the machine pool organization (MPO) that operates the plant need to shift to other place involving the civic agencies to combat the rising and long term issue.
We as a civilian must put safety first and close up or revamp the current system that decline to protect communities from the daily health hazards of peril pollution.