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The Lahore Bachao Tehreek and the Lahore Conservation Society on Tuesday held a press conference at the Press Club denouncing government’s decision to start construction of a flyover at Kalima Chowk and cutting of 70 trees for this purpose.
They said the Rs. 2.1 billion project was planned without seeking approval from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Advocate Ahmed Rafay Alam said that under Pakistan Environment Protection Act, 1997, any infrastructure project costing over Rs50 million must get EPA’s approval. Urban Planner Imrana Tiwana said it was unfortunate to see the government violating its own rules. The trees are being cut to provide a temporary diversion.

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This Lahore bachao tehreek is a total crap! I don't understand WTF is wrong with the lady, whenever a project is launched, she start shouting about Envioronment protection agency, I wander where the **** is this agency throughout the year when there are traffic jams causing much more pollution! And in recent years, whenever the trees were cut down for development purposes, after the finishing of project, much more new trees were planted! e.g (Muslim town underpass, harbanspura interchange, airport interchange of LRR shalimar interchange and much more!)

Rafay is a dude :p isn't he ? but he's one hell of a troll :eek:hno:
 

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Kalma Chowk flyover: Petrol pumps challenge may affect deadlines

Kalma Chowk flyover: Petrol pumps challenge may affect deadlines

LAHORE: Work on the Kalma Chowk flyover may get affected by litigation started by five petrol pumps on Ferozpur Road against proposed demolitions.

The district coordination officer said on Thursday the government will request the court to decide these cases as soon as possible so that the project can be completed on time. However, he said if the court takes time in disposing of these cases, there may be some delay.

These pumps (two each operated by the Pakistan State Oil and Caltex and one by Shell) were proposed to be demolished to widen service lanes so that traffic could be diverted there, during the period the road was to remain closed for traffic. The Petrol Pumps Owners Association information secretary said the affected owners would vacate the pumps only if they were provided alternative sites.

PPOA information secretary Khawaja Atif warned that they would call a strike if the government refused to meet this demand. He said livelihoods of a number of families were at stake.

DCO Ahad Cheema rejected the demand for provision of alternate plots to the affected pump owners. He said the government had not bothered them for as long as there was no need of the land but now it needed it to complete the project in a timely manner it had to do so in public interest. About the threatened strike, he said the administration would deal with it once there was a date announced for it.

Saeed Qureshi, the owner of one of the petrol pumps, told The Express Tribune that though the petrol pump leases had been cancelled in December 2010, he had made payments for up till June 2011. He said he would not vacate the land before June and that he would resist the government’s attempts in this regards.

Sheikh Naveed, the Pakistan State Oil legal advisor, told The Tribune the company would comply with court orders. He said so far they had stay orders against demolitions but because the government wanted to vacate land for project public interest, they might withdraw the claim. He said of the two PSO pumps, one had been sealed by the government because the stay order only protected it against demolition. The demolition of these five petrol pumps was required to widen service lanes at the Ferozpur Road so that traffic could be diverted during the time the road remained closed due to construction work.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2011.
 

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Just heard that Lahore High Court has rejected the plea by Lahore Bachao Tehreek to stop the construction of Kalma Chowk Interchange. Good news !!
 

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LHC dismisses plea against Kalma Chowk flyover

Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry dismissed a writ petition on Monday challenging the construction of a flyover bridge at Kalma Chowk on Ferozepur Road. The petition was filed by Lahore Conservation Society President Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Shajar Dost Convenor Col (r) Ejaz Nazim, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan Director General Ali Habib and Concerned Citizens of Pakistan Chairwoman Justice (r) Nasira Iqbal.

Dismissing the petition Justice Chaudhry asked the counsel, “Why are you opposing the flyover which may be beneficial for the general public. Do you want people to be stuck on roads for hours?”

Earlier, the petitioners’ lawyer Ahmad Rafay Alam had pleaded that after the groundbreaking, contractors engaged by Punjab Communication and Works (C&W) Department cut down scores of grown trees and began digging around the project site. He said the project summary revealed that the C&W Department requested allocation of Rs 1.2 billion for the year 2010-11, engaged National Engineering Services Pakistan Limited (NESPAK) to carry out the engineering design and assigned the execution to National Logistics Cell (NLC), by-passing the procurement rules’ requirements.

He said the Punjab chief minister approved the summary of the project on March 5, one day after the groundbreaking ceremony of the project. The counsel argued that the sanction of the project, engagement of NESPAK and NLC and commencement of the work on project violated petitioners’ and public’s fundamental right to life and a clean environment. The counsel said it also violated the provisions of the Pakistan Environment Protection Act (PEPA) of 1997 and procurement rules. Alam pointed out that the construction had resulted in cutting down of dozens of plants and trees which devastated the biodiversity of the city.

He said it had and would raise large amount of dust and other particles into the air and atmosphere causing adverse environmental effects. He said the project would ultimately increase the number of private automobiles accessing the area which would in turn increase the amount of carbon monoxide and other noxious discharge in the air. He said the procedure prescribed by PEPA and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) rules required full exercise of precautionary principles as well as public participation which was enshrined in the Rio Declaration Principle 10. He added that EIA’s pubic hearing process and independent review provided a mechanism for contributions and inputs to be made by stakeholders that improved quality and environmental sustainability of the project.

The counsel had asked the court to declare the sanction of the project as illegal. The petitioner had also asked the court to halt work on the project site and to order the respondents to conduct an EIA of the project and submit the same for approval to the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency.
 
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