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November 16, 2012

No shortage of Euro II compliant diesel, court told

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November 16, 2012

THE Pak Arab Refinery Company (Parco) managing director on Thursday informed the Lahore High Court that there was no shortage of Euro II compliant diesel in the country and their would be no problem in its supply for new buses.
The MD pointed out that Euro II compliant diesel was environment-friendly and refinery companies had endorsed this fact. The court was hearing a petition against import/purchase of 1,200 buses by Punjab government to be run on the said diesel. The court adjourned the hearing till December 6 and extended stay against the opening of tenders for the purchase of the buses. Previously, the court had allowed the government to import only 100 buses for Metro Bus System (MBS), new name of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). A private transport company of Gujranwala had filed the petition, contending that the government wanted to purchase 1,200 Euro II compliant diesel buses, which would be given to private bus operators on soft term loan basis.
Petitioner said the government would spend a huge amount public money to purchase such buses which were to be run on the fuel called “Euro II compliant diesel” only. He said the required fuel was not available in Punjab. He pointed out that even oil refineries had no ability to produce this diesel in near future.
He prayed that the government should be restrained from purchasing these buses.
Lakshmi mansion: Hearing a case against partial demolition of Lakshmi mansion, the Lahore High Court on Thursday directed the city district government to explain historic significance of the building.
Justice Ayesha A Malik is hearing a petition, challenging demolition of the mansion located between Beadon Road and Hall Road.
Advocate Arif Karim had filed the petition, saying Lakshmi mansion had a great significance in the history of the subcontinent. He pointed out that many famous personalities of the region, including great fiction writer Saadat Hasan Manto, had resided in Lakshmi mansion.

He said the city government under a project named “Dilkash Lahore (beautiful Lahore)” had decided to preserve Lakshmi mansion and many other buildings in the city, having historical significance.
However, he said, the government demolished one of the portions of the Lakshmi mansion in the name of commercialisation and had a plan for complete demolition. He alleged that the government demolished the building to please Hall Road Traders Union President
Babar Mahmood. The government’s lawyer insisted that the demolished building was not the part of Lakshmi mansion but a privately owned house.

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