Court: (SC order for replanting of trees, restoration of green belt welcomed)

ISLAMABAD: Taking suo-moto notice on a plea, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk on Tuesday directed the Project Director of the Metro Bus and CDA to fulfil their commitment of replanting of trees and restoration of the Green Belt, which was destroyed or uprooted during the Metro Bus construction.

The petition seeking suo-moto notice was moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who represents the federal capital in the Senate regarding the environmental negative effects of the Metro Bus in the capital.

Appearing in person before the court, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, accompanied by the environmental group, Islamabad Green Movement, stated that Islamabad’s greenery and beauty had suffered immense damage because of the construction of the Metro Bus.

He said being a Senator from Islamabad, he fully supported a mass transit system for the capital’s citizens, but the Green Belt of Islamabad must be restored, trees that were cut should be replanted, special walk ways and pavements should be built for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled persons and that in future, no green belt should be touched on the pretext of construction.

The court directed restoration of the Green Belt and replanting of trees, noting that it would hold another hearing on this important aspect in March 2015 to ensure compliance of the court order.

Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Mushahid lauded the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the other judges for their concern and commitment to provide protection for the greenery, environment and beauty of Islamabad and hoped that the authorities concerned would fulfil their responsibility for promoting and protecting a clean and green Islamabad.

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