History

History of EPA

In June 1994 an Environment Unit was established under Natural Resource Management Project (NRMP) in Planning & Development Department (P&DD) headed by an Environmentalist (B-18).
Major Assignments:

  • to address and resolve the environmental issues of the State AJ&K
  •  to work out the establishment of Provincial EPAs type State Environmental Protection Agency (AJK-EPA).
  • to take initiative the Government for the promulgation of Environmental Protection Ordinance in AJ&K.

AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ORDINANCE, 1996

To provide for the Control of Pollution and Preservation of Living Environment, was promulgated on February 11, 1996. This Ordinance embody the provisions for the;

  • Establishment of the Environmental Protection Council and its Functions
  • Establishment of the Agency and its Functions
  • Environmental Impact statement
  • Agency to assist local councils in disposal of wastes
  • Funds of the Agency
  • Audit and accounts
  • Penalty
  • Indemnity
  • Bar of Jurisdiction
  • Dues of the Agency recoverable as an arrear of land revenue
  • Powers to make rules and regulations

ESTABLISHMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

  •  Year of Establishment: July 1998
  • No. of Post Created: 05
  • Director General: 01
  • Deputy Director: 01
  • Assistant Directors: 03

AJK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT 2000,

This calls for the Establishment of;

  1. AJK Environmental Protection Council (AJK-EPC)
  2. AJK­ Environmental Protection Agency (AJK EPA), to provide for the Protection, Conservation, Rehabilitation & Improvement of the Environment and Prevention & Control of Pollution and Promotion of Sustainable Development.

FUNCTION OF THE AGENCY

  • Enforcement of provisions of Act and the rules & regulations made thereunder;
  • Preparation & Implementation of the environmental policies
  • Prepare & publish an annual Environment Report on the state of the environment
  • Prepare or Revise, Establish & enforce Environmental Quality Standards;

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

  • State Environmental Quality Standards (Certification of Environmental Laboratories) Regulations, 2009
  • Azad Jammu & Kashmir Environmental Protection Agency Review of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2009
  • State Sustainable Development Fund Board (Procedure) Rules, 2009
  • Environmental Samples Rules, 2009State Environmental Quality Standards (Self-Monitoring and Reporting by Industry) Rules, 2009
  • Pollution Charge for Industry (Calculation and Collection) Rules, 2009
  • Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bio-Safety Rules, 2009
  • National Environmental Quality Standards for Municipal and Liquid Industrial Effluents