River Ravi Pollution – Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan and others v. Government of Punjab and others
The Ravi River is the main source of water for the city of Lahore and adjoining areas. It
nourishes significant tracts of agricultural land in the “bread basket” of the country as well as
the population that relies upon it. And yet, despite its importance, the River is the recipient of
massive quantities of untreated municipal and industrial waste. Given the public importance of
the matter, PILAP along with the Pakistan Environmental Law Association and the Lahore
Conservation Society have filed a Writ Petition against the Government of Punjab through the
Irrigation and Power Department, the Water and Sanitation Agency and the Punjab
Environment Protection Agency, against the discharge of untreated municipal and industrial
waste into the Ravi River. The Writ Petition has been filed before the Lahore High Court.
The High Court has ordered the formation of a Commission to propose remedial measures
against the discharge and resulting pollution. The Commission has presented bio-remediation
as a remedy, however, this recommendation has yet to be implemented.