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Lahore’s civil society welcomes court docket’s determination to cease Ravi venture’s building

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Lahore’s civil society welcomes court’s decision to stop Ravi project’s construction

The civil society has praised Lahore High Court’s determination to cease the development on the federal government’s Ravi riverfront venture till an environmental examine is carried out.

In an announcement launched Monday, the signatories, which included legal professionals and environmental activists in Lahore, acknowledged that the suitable to a clear and wholesome surroundings 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.

On December 30, the court docket handed an order restraining the state-run Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) from commencing work on the Ravi Riverfront Development Project till an environmental affect evaluation of the venture is carried out.

The Ravi Riverfront

The venture, inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan late final yr, will embody 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” enterprise, 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 Development Authority on its web site.

To facilitate the event, the Punjab meeting handed a legislation in August to determine the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) and conferred it large and unfettered powers to develop the Project, the civil society provides in its assertion.

The controversy

Soon after being fashioned, the RUDA started building with out searching for approval from the Environmental Protection Agency in Punjab, though the Punjab Environment Protection Act, 1997, requires initiatives “likely to cause adverse environmental impact” to acquire environmental approval.

In its assertion, the civil society has known as for the Ravi floodplain to be declared a National Park protected by legislation.

“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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