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SC reserves verdict in Orange Line Train case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its judgment in a Punjab government’s appeal against the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision barring construction work pertaining to the Orange Line Train project within 200 feet of 11 heritage sites. The five-member SC bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan reserved the judgment after completion of arguments...

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 17, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SC reserves verdict in Orange Line Train case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its judgment in a Punjab government’s appeal against the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision barring construction work pertaining to the Orange Line Train project within 200 feet of 11 heritage sites.

The five-member SC bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan reserved the judgment after completion of arguments by the counsel for all the parties.

During the course of proceedings, Shahid Hamad, counsel for the NASPAK, apprised the court that in developed countries, most parts of the metro train tracks were built over the ground instead of underground.

If the Otange Line Train track was built undergroung as per the littigants’ desire then it would incur five times more expenditure.

He claimed that the trembling caused by the electric train would be very low as compared to the normal trains as trembling road rollers were not being used in the track’s construction, so it would not damage the heritage sites.

Justice Ejaz ul Hasan observed that the court had only concern that how the national heritage could be protected. If there was any risk of having damage to the heritage then the court would not allow any construction, he added.

The court also sought reply from the government on a report submitted by an expert, Kamil Khan, against the project. The case was heard on day to day basis continuously for two weeks.

It may be mentioned that the Lahore High Court on August 19, 2016 had barred provincial authorities from carrying out construction work within 200 feet radius of around 11 heritage sites, including Shalimar Gardens, Gulabi Bagh Gateway, Chauburji, Buddhu ka Awa, Zebunnisa’s Tomb, Lakshmi Building, General Post Office, Aiwan e Auqaf, SC Lahore registry building, St Andrews Presbyterian Church on Nabha Road and Baba Mauj Darya Bukhari’s  Shrine.

Under the Orange Line Metro Train project, the Punjab government is laying a 27.1 kilometre rapid transit line which is expected to benefit 250,000 people every day. – APP

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