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LHC declares pleas against Ravi project maintainable

By Our Correspondent
November 04, 2021

LAHORE:Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Karim has dismissed the objection of the Punjab government and declared the petitions against the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP) maintainable.

The other day, the judge had reserved his verdict on the point of maintainability as the government’s lawyer argued that the petitions and stay orders previously issued became infructuous after the promulgation of the Ravi Urban Authority (Amendment) Ordinance 2021. A written order of the court declaring the petitions maintainable is yet to be released. Advocate General of Punjab (AGP) Ahmad Awais had argued that since the amended ordinance had been issued to cover legal infirmities the stay orders granted by the court stood vacated and the petitions were infructuous. He also argued that the courts could not interfere in the policy matters. In this case, the judge had stayed the process of land acquisition for the project for not meeting the legal requirements and environmental laws.

The petitions against the project were filed by advocates Sheraz Zaka, Ahmad Rafay Alam and others on behalf of the farmers. The petitioners challenged the mode and manner of the land acquisition proceedings undertaken by the Ruda for the project. They also questioned the legality of forceful acquisitions of land for commercial purposes under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. Some of the petitioners questioned the legality of the Environment Impact Assessment of the project prepared by an unregistered consultant.

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