LHC orders fresh EIA in CIA complex case

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to hold afresh an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) complex, being constructed in a residential locality  of Old Anarkali.

The court directed the authorities concerned to treat the petition as a complaint and redress grievances of the petitioners in accordance with the law, after affording them an opportunity of hearing.

Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi passed the orders while allowing a petition, filed by area residents, including Khurshid Aalam and Mahboob Munawar, challenging the construction of a CIA Complex in the Old Anarkali area. The court had reserved the verdict, which was announced on Thursday.

The petitioners, questioning the construction of the Complex, submitted that the EPA’s permission/EIA had expired but the respondents were constructing the Complex without obtaining a fresh permission.

They submitted that the lives of residents of the area would become miserable due to safety arrangements for security of the complex. They asked the court to stop the authorities from constructing of the complex as the area was purely residential with houses and schools.

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