Responding to a question by Sheikh Salahuddin during the Question Hour he said that an amount of Rs 400 million allocated for Gwadar Deep Water Port Project, Phase‑I including deepening of channel from PSDP 2007‑08 had been released to Gwadar Port Authority.
To a question he said that major works of the project had been completed and the sanctioned amount was utilized during the financial year 2007‑08. Remaining minor works were likely to be completed by June 2009.
Responding to another question by Abdul Qadir Patel, he said that no compensation had been paid to the fishermen for the losses suffered by them after grounding of Tasman Spirit in July 2003 as the matter was sub judice.
Answering a question from Belum Hasnain, Minister for Environment Hameedullh Jan Afridi told the House his ministry had taken several steps to control air pollution in the country.
He said the powers to implement Pakistan Environment Protection Act 1997 had delegated to provincial EPAs for effective monitoring of air pollution.
Four environmental tribunals under section 20 of the of the act had been notified for trying cases of violation through emission caused by the factories, the Minister said.
He told the House that customs duty on import of anti‑pollution equipment had been completely abolished. The EPAs were monitoring the major air polluting industries on regular basis. These industries included sugar,cement,iron and steel sector.
To a question from Nafisa Shah, Hameedullah Jan Afridi said that Pakistan was one of the 12 countries where snow leopards were found and there estimated population here was 200 to 300.
To a question from Rana Mehmoodul Hassan he said that his ministry does not allocate special funds for National Tree Planting Campaign. Rather the provincial forest departments utilized their respective allocated budgets to implement the Spring and Monsoon Tree Plantation campaigns.