Pakistan

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought a reply from the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), in a petition challenging the extension and upgradation of 120KV Chah Meeran Grid Station in city’s Scheme No2 Wassan Pura.


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Justice Shahid Kareem took up a petition filed by a local citizen through Ch Shoaib Saleem Advocate. The counsel stated before the court that Lesco is illegally and unlawfully extending 120KV Chah Meeran Grid Station situated at Scheme No2 of Wassan Pura by encroaching upon a 40-feet wide road and 220-feet land of the Central Park of the locality. He mentioned that no assessment report was sought from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and no legal procedure was adopted for acquiring the said land.

The petitioner further said that parks and public roads cannot be acquired for development projects as it infringes upon the basic rights of the citizens. More than one million people of this area use the Central Park and the road being illegally encroached upon by the Lesco.

The lawyer further argued that Scheme No2 is an approved society by the concerned authorities and subsequently no amendments can be made in its master plan.

The applicant requested the court to declare the act of respondents illegal and unlawful and requested it to restrain them from construction of the project. The court issued a notice to the LDA and sought its reply within a fortnight. The case was adjourned for November 20.