LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday sought reply from the Punjab government, City District Government, Lahore Development Authority, Directors of Archeology and Environment departments and other on petitions challenging demolition of properties in Kapoorthala House, Old Anarkali and Chauburji for the construction of Orange Line Metro Train project.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh and Justice Shahid Kareem passed the order. As the hearing commenced, a law officer appeared before the court and requested the bench for more time to submit reply.

The court gave time and adjourned further hearing until Dec 7. Arguing before the court, the counsel of the residents of Kapoorthala House and Chauburji contended that the government violated the laws in acquiring properties of the citizens for the construction of the project.

The counsel argued that the government utilizing the funds of other important development projects for metro train project. The government instead of working on projects of health and education was fully focusing on the construction of metro train, he submitted.

Establishment of grid station in Journalists Colony stayed: The Lahore High Court yesterday stayed establishment of a grid station in Journalists Colony and issued notices to Punjab government, Lesco and others.

Muhammad Shahid Attari, a local resident of the colony, had challenged the formation of the Grid Station on the land of the colony submitting that it would cause environmental pollution in the area.

He stated that the station’s formation was also the violation of Section 17 (2) of Housing Colony laws under which residential land cannot be acquired for such project.

The petitioner told the judge that the Punjab government acquired 35 kanal land for the formation of the grid station.

He prayed the court to declare the formation of grid station as illegal and unlawful and order the government to stop it soon for larger interest of the local resident.

After hearing arguments, Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza stayed the formation of the grid station and sought reply from the Punjab government, Lesco and others and put off further hearing for two weeks.