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Civil society hails LHC’s determination to halt Ravi undertaking

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Lahore’s civil society has welcomed the Lahore Excessive Court docket’s determination to halt building on the federal government’s riverbank improvement undertaking till an environmental research is carried out.

In a press release launched Monday, the signatories, which included legal professionals and environmental activists in Lahore, acknowledged that the best to a clear and wholesome setting is the elemental proper of each Pakistani particular person.

“The Lahore High Court Order has ensured our rights as citizens are properly considered, and the rights of the environment respected,” it added.

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On December 30, the court docket handed an order restraining the state-run Ravi City Growth Authority (RUDA) from commencing work on the Ravi Riverfront Growth Challenge till an environmental influence evaluation of the undertaking is carried out.

The Ravi Riverfront

The undertaking, inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan late final yr, will embrace city improvement alongside the 33 km lengthy stretch on each side of the Ravi river.

In what’s being described because the “first of its kind” endeavor, the Ravi Riverfront goals to “address the needs of Lahore’s growing urban population” by offering housing and financial alternatives to the individuals of Lahore, famous the Lahore Growth Authority on its web site.

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To facilitate the event, the Punjab meeting handed a regulation in August to ascertain the Ravi City Growth Authority (RUDA) and conferred it large and unfettered powers to develop the Challenge, the civil society provides in its assertion.

The controversy

Quickly after being fashioned, the RUDA started building with out in search of approval from the Environmental Safety Company in Punjab, regardless that the Punjab Surroundings Safety Act, 1997, requires initiatives “likely to cause adverse environmental impact” to acquire environmental approval.

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In its assertion, the civil society has referred to as for the Ravi floodplain to be declared a Nationwide Park protected by regulation.

“The ecosystem of the River Ravi Basin has been irreparably damaged by the construction of storage dams in India and by the untreated discharge of polluted water into it by the cities of Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad,” the assertion provides, “ We believe any project along the banks of the Ravi should seek to revitalise its ecosystem.”

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