LHC rebukes govt for overlooking unlawful housing schemes for Ravi Riverfront challenge

LAHORE: The Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC), on Tuesday, rebuked the Punjab authorities over unlawful housing societies sprouting throughout the provincial capital and stated that it should deal with the difficulty earlier than commencing Ravi Riverfront City Improvement Undertaking (RRUDP).

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The court docket additionally remarked that the federal government should mitigate air pollution within the metropolis earlier than beginning the challenge.

The remarks got by LHC Choose Justice Shahid Karim whereas listening to petitions filed by Advocate Sheraz Zaka and others towards the RRUDP on behalf of the farmers in the present day.

The petitioners had challenged ‘coercion’ within the land acquisition for the challenge by the RRUDP, claiming it to be towards the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.


The candidates had additionally questioned the legitimacy of the surroundings influence evaluation (EIA) of the challenge which they alleged had been executed by an unregistered advisor.

On the onset of the listening to, RRUDP’s counsel Barrister Ali Zafar, additionally a Senator, argued that the challenge had been launched to forestall eccentric constructions in Lahore. At this, the court docket remarked that the federal government should first take motion towards them earlier than launching the challenge.

“Lahore has now change into probably the most polluted metropolis. The courts need to intervene in such instances and generally, need to exceed their jurisdiction to resolve the difficulty”, stated Justice Shahid Karim and added that the identical was being executed within the case of smog.

He hailed the federal government’s imaginative and prescient to determine a symmetric metropolis nonetheless emphasised that each one authorized formalities ought to be fulfilled earlier than the graduation of the challenge.

In line with the jurist, Lahore was getting polluted every single day and that all the inhabitants couldn’t transfer to the brand new Lahore.

What the federal government was doing towards the unlawful housing societies that have been bobbing up in each nook of the provincial capital? The LHC requested.

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Senator Barrister Ali Zafar assured the bench that he would seek the advice of along with his counterparts to introduce a non-public member’s invoice within the higher home of the parliament. The counsel will now furnish extra arguments within the subsequent continuing on December 17.

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