Protection of property: Acquisition of land for Orange Line stayed

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court bench on Friday stayed the acquisition of land for the Orange Line Metro Train project in a petition seeking court declaration of the project as illegal and unconstitutional.

Justice Shahid Karim referred the petition filed by four residents of Kapoorthala House to the LHC chief justice for constitution of a full bench to deal with the matter.

Pakistan uproots mangroves to install coal-fired power plants

At a time when international community is struggling to finalise a global climate action plan, Pakistan has removed mangrove forests on 205 acres of land to install coal-fired power plants of 1,320 megawatts.

The project, known as Port Qasim Power Project, near Karachi will be jointly carried out by Chinese Power Construction Corp Ltd with 51% and Qatar’s Al Mirqab Capital with 49% stakes in the project with a total cost of US$2.1 billion.

Court seeks reply to Sahiwal power project

LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday sought reply from the federal and Punjab governments in a petition challenging Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.

PTI’s Zubair Niazi filed the petition and pointed out that environmental issues were not addressed before the launch of the project.

He said if the government was not stopped from constructing the coal plant, the people of surrounding localities would face very adverse effects and irreparable damages.

Ready to begin: NOC issued for K-IV project

KARACHI: The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has been issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) by the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), the province’s environmental watchdog, for the long awaited K-IV project.

A meeting of experts to discuss the K-IV’s environmental impact assessment, held at the Regent Plaza hotel on Thursday, marked the beginning of the project. Work on the K-IV will commence in the start of 2016 and will be completed by 2019, said Saleem Siddiqui, project director of the K-IV.

Commercial use of public parks irks Bahria Town residents

ISLAMABAD: Bahria Town has illegally converted 64.40 kanal (41,636 Sq. yards) land designated for parks into commercial plots in Phase-IV, Daily Times has learnt.

Bahria Town has earned around Rs 1.5 billion by selling amenity land. Taking notice of the protests waged by the residents, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and courts have barred the Bahria Town from violation of by-laws.

Call for use of Thar coal in power projects

KARACHI: Use of imported coal in a proposed 660-megawatt power generation project raised concern at a public hearing on Monday, as the government was asked to immediately devise a short-term policy to ensure use of indigenous coal resources for electricity production.

Participants in the meeting were earlier informed that coal for the power project of Lucky Electric Power Company (LEPC), part of Lucky Cement Limited, would be imported from Indonesia, South Africa, and/or Australia.

Need to provide relief: Govt allowed to resume work on coal-fired plant

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday vacated a stay order it had granted against the construction of the 1,320 megawatt Qadirabad Coal-fired Power Project in Sahiwal.

Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh recalled the stay order on the provincial government’s request. Counsel for the government argued that the project would help deal with electricity crisis.

He said the project would be completed in time if the court withdrew the stay order.

The lawyer said the government had suffered financial losses after work on the project was suspended.