SHC issues notices to ministry, DHA

Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to Federal Ministry of Environment, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) chief secretary and others on appeal filed by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation against stay order regarding construction work on a flyover and two underpasses in Clifton area.

KMC challenged the SHC’s single bench stay order against construction work of underpass and flyover project in Clifton area, being financed and executed by a private builder and developer to facilitate visitors of its multistory project.

Bridge over busy waters

The recent announcement by a little-known group called the Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd to build a project to build a RM44 billion bridge linking Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra has set the maritime community abuzz.

Touted to be the biggest infrastructure project ever in Malaysia, the 50 km bridge between Malacca and Dumai in is envisioned to enhance socio-economic ties between the two lands.

Tunnel-road projects subjected to feasibility studies

The four highways under the RM6.34 billion tunnel–road project have been subjected to full compliance to individual feasibility studies and detailed design works (FSDD), which includes detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) studies.

Or else, the particular highway project would just end there.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng disclosed here today that each highway under the mega project would have its own separate FSDD.

Under the arrangement, FSDD report of a highway would not affect others so long their respective studies gave them the nod to go ahead.

Coalition: Environmental impact test needed for Batu Caves cable car project

WE APPLAUD the setting up of the Special Task Force by the Selayang Municipal Council to deliberate on the legality of structures at the Batu Caves temple grounds.

Batu Caves remains an important religious site for Hindus and an iconic tourism spot.

However, its expansion should not proceed without considering its impact on the natural environment. This includes the proposed cable car project.

Limestone karsts such as Batu Caves are home to many endemic plant and animal species. Any development, including a cable car project, should not have any negative impacts on their habitats.

Bt300 billion water management construction may be "a waste"

Constructions under the government's costly water-management and flood-prevention modules could end up being useless structures because of a total lack of integration between key modules, a leading academic at Kasetsart University (KU) has warned.

The Cabinet, however, yesterday approved the Water and Flood Management Commission's (WFMC) proposal that the government seek a Bt314-bilion loan to finance the nine modules and supplementary projects.

Pakistan: Under-construction flyover in conflict with mass transit plan

Sources said the KMC had not obtained a no-objection certificate from the KMTC for its flyovers which according to KMC administrator’s directives must have been obtained before initiating work on the flyovers.

Work on the flyovers is under way.

While KMTC chief Rasheed Mughal said it was an ‘in-house issue’ and would be sorted out within the KMC, he confirmed to Dawn that neither the NOC had been applied for nor the KMTC issued one. He also agreed that the Dakkhana flyover was being built at a location where one of the mass transit corridors had been planned.

Fiji: Bay of uncertainty

LILY Todd remembers when the Suva Harbor was in its majestic form, untouched, unspoilt before damaged ships permanently anchored themselves, before the chemicals and rubbish from factories polluted the waters, before any of the mangroves were cut down for development.

At 76-years old, Lily is the oldest resident at Uduya Point having lived there since 1948. She remembers how beautiful the Suva Harbor looked at dusk during sunset and how the sun seemed to glisten on the water at sunset.

Malaysia: Toll operators urged to clear their waste

The Malaysian Highway Authority is urging toll concessionaires to step up their environmental conservation efforts and obtain MS ISO 14000 certification to prove their commitment.

Its director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh said while operators currently have to obtain an Enviromental Impact Assessement (EIA) report before building new expressways, it still left the question of the impact of other elements of highways would have in the long run.

World Bank unit CAO assessing complaints against India's Vizhinjam port

The World Bank Group's independent unit Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) is assessing complaint that the proposed multi-purpose sea port at Vizhinjam in Kerala could adversely impact environment as well as many livelihoods, reports PTI.

The International Finance Corp (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, has been hired as the transaction advisor to assist Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL) in structuring and implementing the project. IFC is also managing about $1.6 million in trust funds for the project.