Pakistan: Partners Join Hands For Alternate Use Of Marble, Granite Slury

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KP-EZDMC) and Pakistan Council for Scientific and Research Laboratories (PCSIR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a green initiative while using innovative marble and granite slurry in the province.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) KP-EZDMC Javed Iqbal Khattak represented his company while Director General PCSIR Jahangir Shah was among the signing parties. Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Industries, Commerce and Technical Education Abdul Karim Tordher was chief guest on the occasion to witness the MoU signing ceremony.

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The agreement aims to facilitate the transfer of technology and establish a mechanical plant for the alternate use of marble and granite slurry.

Marble processing units often grapple with the environmental issue of marble slurry, posing a significant challenge to sustainability. In response, KP-EZDMC has initiated proactive strategies within the newly established Mohmand Economic.

The province of KP is a major producer of marble products comprising of around 80 operational marble industries. This MoU signifies a collaborative effort towards technological innovation and sustainable utilisation of resources, initiated by the Government of KP.

It paves the way for economic development and environmental conservation through the efficient management of marble and granite waste.

The collaboration seeks to acquire technical know-how for the installation of a mechanical plant at Mohmand Economic Zone in District Mohmand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PCSIR Laboratories Complex Peshawar has willingly agreed to transfer the necessary technology for this purpose.

The key measures being implemented are construction of sedimentation tanks, provision of dumping area, mining waste/ industrial residual management, and slurry management plan.