SHC adjourns hearing of plea for resuming uplift work

July 15, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday adjourned till August 08 the appeal filed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and real estate concerned seeking resumption of the construction work on a flyover and two under passes in Clifton area.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar put off the matter because of suspension of court work following the strike call given by SHC Bar Association to protest the Israeli aggression in Gaza.

KMC has approached the court challenging the SHC’s single bench order barring Bahria Town from carrying out construction on a flyover and two underpasses in Clifton. Bahria Town had also filed an application requesting court to allow it to resume construction work at its own risk.

Earlier on April 29, a single bench of the SHC had allowed the DHA’s application while ruling that all construction in relation to the project be immediately stopped.

The bench had asked KMC to obtain a mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) report from the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) on the project.

Counsel for Bahria Town filed an application stating that following SHC’s order, a Nazir of the court was appointed to inspect the constructions site in Clifton area.

Nazir’s report has confirmed that the construction was at fairly advanced stage when it was stopped following high court order, he said, adding that: “If it is not immediately started before arrival of heavy rains as expected in next few days, it may cause heavy harm to life and property of citizens living in the vicinity.”

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