South Asia

Published: Tuesday 15 May 2007

Berger Pakistan admits to dumping toxic waste in Karachi
Berger Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, accused of dumping toxic waste in Karachi's Orangi Town, admitted to the Sindh High Court on March 28, 2007, that it has failed to submit its environmental monitoring report on a regular basis due to the "rush of work". The submission was made by a senior official of the company. However, the hearing was adjourned since the company's counsel was absent. Berger is a leading paint manufacturer in Pakistan (see 'Digging one's own grave', Down To Earth, March 31, 2007). In November 2006, 14 children were badly injured while playing at a dumpsite in Rahimshah graveyard, where Berger used to dispose wastes. Though it has been denying the charges, the court had directed it to give satisfactory reasons for how the waste was dumped at the site. The court also asked senior superintendent of police Sanaullah Abbasi and M A Kazi of the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, to submit reports at the next hearing.

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