SC suspends LHC order on Lahore signal-free corridor

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court suspended on Thursday the short order of Lahore High Court (LHC), declaring the Rs1.5 billion signal-free Jail Road project illegal.

The decision was given by a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Saqib Nisar. Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Maqbool Baqir were the other judges on the bench.

According to Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Chief Engineer Israr Saeed, the Supreme Court asked the LHC to issue a detailed order in the case within five days and fixed May 20 as next date of hearing.

Whither environmental assessments?

Searching the internet for the phrase “environmental assessment of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” only yields one significantly relevant article from February 2015, stating that the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (EPA) denied clearance for the construction of the Raikot-Islamabad highway, which is to form part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Contempt of court: Sepa ordered to consider objections to K2, K3 plants

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday ordered the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) to consider any objections that may be filed by human rights activists or anyone else to the proposed construction of two nuclear power plants in Karachi.

A division bench, comprising justices Sajjad Ali Shah and Syed Saeed-ud-Din Nasir, issued this direction while disposing of an application seeking contempt proceedings against Sepa director Muhammad Naeem Mughal for allegedly violating the court’s order.

Move to build nuclear plants on the outskirts of Karachi criticised

KARACHI: Representatives of civil society at a public hearing on Monday once again criticised the construction of twin nuclear power plants on the outskirts of Karachi and requested the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) to give at least over two months to go through the voluminous environmental impact assessment (EIA) report and debate the pros and cons of the critical project.

Rs1.5bn Clifton traffic project inaugurated

KARACHI: Seventy-year-old Ghulam Jillani who had worked on the construction of Clifton flyover and underpasses inaugurated the Rs1.5 billion project on Friday afternoon that coincided with International Labour Day.

The project, sponsored by a private developer, Bahria Town, was inaugurated in the presence of Bahria Town founder Malik Riaz and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation administrator Saquib Soomro.

Signal-free corridor project set aside

LAHORE - A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Friday set aside Signal Free Corridor project and ordered the Lahore Development Authority not to start any new development project.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Syed mansoor Ali Shah along with other two members Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali and Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the case.

The Lahore Development Authority started a project 7-km long signal-free corridor from Qartaba Chowk Jail Road to Liberty Chowk Main Boulevard, Gulberg of worth Rs1. 5 billion as a pilot project for the smooth running of traffic.

Public works: LDA stopped from starting new development schemes

The bench, headed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, announced a short order on identical petitions moved by Fahad Malik, Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Faryal Ali Gohar, IA Rehman, Imrana Tiwana and others. The petitioners had challenged the LDA’s authority to carry out such development projects and questioned legality of the corridor project from Qurtaba Chowk on Jail Road to Liberty Roundabout on Gulberg’s Main Boulevard.