SHC seeks replies on application for resumption of construction work on flyover, two underpasses in Clifton

August 11, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notice to environment protection department, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), chief secretary Sindh and other officials to respond on application of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) seeking resumption of construction work on a flyover and two underpasses in Clifton area after the approval of Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa).

Counsel representing KMC filed an application in SHC, requesting it to allow the builder to resume construction work on the traffic improvement project, as Sepa has submitted the EIA report on the project while approving it.

He submitted in the application that following the court directives, KMC approached the Sepa to obtain a mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the project. Since the Sepa had accorded its approval to the project on August 05, the constructing firm be allowed to start work on the project, counsel pleaded the court while adding that if the work was not resumed on project, citizens would suffer loss.

After preliminary hearing, the single bench of SHC headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar issued notice to relevant authorities to file comments on application by August 18.

Earlier on April 29, a single bench of the SHC had allowed the DHA’s application while ruling that all construction work in relation to the project be immediately stopped. The bench had asked the KMC to seek a mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) report from Sepa on the project. The DHA had contended that construction of the mega project was made without EIA duly approved by the Environment Protection Agency.

EIA report on project said Sepa after careful review of the EIA report approved the project subject to the compliance of the some conditions.

The conditions, as per report, are that all mitigation measures recommended in the EIA report and suggested by the expert committee must be obeyed, the proponent (KMC) must ensure that no damage is caused to the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Ratneshwar Mahadev Mandir, Jehangir Kothari Pavilion and Parade and Lady Lloyd Pier during the construction.

The report warned that in case of any damage, the project proponent will be responsible for the entire rehabilitation, maintenance and restoration of the mentioned sites.

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