KARACHI: The hearing of appeals against the suspension of construction work on a flyover and two underpasses in Clifton was adjourned for want of time to a date later be pronounced by the office of the court.
A division bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan adjourned the matter to a date later fixed by court office.
Earlier, the counsel for the KMC, Farooq H. Naek, filed an application requesting the SHC to fix the matter for an early hearing as it was of national importance and if the matter was delayed, it would cause inconvenience to the public. While allowing appeal of KMC, the court had fixed the matter for hearing on May 26.
The KMC and Bahria Town have approached court challenging an order of the SHC single bench that ordered suspension of construction on the traffic project.
Advocate Naek submitted that a huge investment had been made in pursuance of the project and the entire excavation and a major portion of the work had been completed. Besides the investment, a lot of hardship was being caused to commuters due to the suspension of the work, he added.
The project would ease traffic congestion around the area of Park Towers and the shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi, he said, adding that the project was of national importance and suspension of the work following the SHC orders was causing not only great inconvenience to the public but also a colossal loss to the KMC.
On April 29, a single bench of the SHC had allowed the DHA application while ruling that all construction in relation to the project be immediately stopped.
The bench had asked the KMC to obtain a mandatory environmental impact assessment report from the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency on the project.
The counsel for Bahria Town, Fiaz Hussain Shah, argued that the SHC single bench had not taken into consideration the fact that the DHA had no locus standi to institute the lawsuit as it had no concern with the project.