SHC reserves verdict on flyover-underpasses project

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday reserved its verdict on a lawsuit against construction of a flyover and two underpasses in Clifton. Justice Muneeb Akhtar, who headed a single bench of SHC, reserved its verdict on a lawsuit after hearing final arguments from both sides. The judgment would be pronounced on a date to be announced later by the court’s office.

Pakistan Defence Officers Housing Authority filed a lawsuit against traffic improvement project allegedly being built without complying with the requirements of environmental protection laws and approval from authorities concerned.

Plaintiff’s counsel submitted before the judge that Bahria Town had launched the project titled “Bahria Town Icon Tower” near Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Clifton.

It had also undertaken a project “Grade Separated Improvement Plan” from Park Tower Intersection to AT Naqvi Roundabout comprising a flyover in front of Park Towers in Clifton and two underpasses near Kothari Parade, as part of Bahria Town Icon Tower project.

He said the impugned project, which was being financed and executed by Bahria Town at the estimated cost of Rs 1.8 billion, was required for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as only an Initial Environmental Assessment (IEE) had been submitted for the project so far.

Issuance of IEE by Sepa was contrary to law and such approval cannot permit impugned project to continue, he added.

While defending impugned project in Clifton, real estate tycoon Bahria Town stated before Sindh High Court that the project being executed in the public interest would not cause any adverse impact on environment.

Firm’s counsel Akhtar Hussain said Sepa had provided requisite approval for the construction of project strictly following the environmental laws. There was no adverse environmental impact of the project in question, which was being constructed on existing road, therefore, Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) approval for the project and its construction is in accordance with the law, he added.

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