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Pakistani government assures to build TAPI project in full compliance of national and int’l environmental laws

Baku, May 16, AZERTAC

The Pakistani government has given firm assurance that it would fully support building of 825 kilometres-long Pakistan section of TAPI gas pipeline project in full compliance of international, national and provincial environmental laws of the country, according to MG Link, the only registered business news agency in Pakistan.

The firm assurance came from Romina Khurshid Alam, parliamentary secretary for Federal Ministry of Climate Change, while speaking at the National scoping workshop held as part of Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Study of TAPI Pipeline project in Pakistan.

“It is my pledge that Government of Pakistan will fully support TAPI Gas Pipeline project vis-à-vis ensuring compliance to Environmental Acts, Rules, and Regulations both at Federal and Provincial levels,” said Khurshid Alam.

She said federal government would provide full assistance and coordination so that TAPI pipeline project was built in accordance with different provincial environmental laws, guidelines, and regulations as after the 18th Constitutional Amendment the subject of the environment had been fully devolved to the provinces.

Muhammad Shakeel Malik, additional secretary of Ministry of Climate Change, said that construction of TAPI project would emerge as national level bench mark of compliance with environmental standards and regulations.

He said the transnational gas pipeline project would also emerge as a supreme example of regional cooperation to overcome persisting energy shortfall in Pakistan and in neighboring countries.

He said government would fully make sure that construction and operation of TAPI project in Pakistan should fully comply with National Environmental Quality Standards and rules and regulations of environmental watchdogs of Balochistan and Punjab-the two provinces in Pakistan from which gas pipeline would pass through.

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