LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday rejected the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for a multi-storey police investigation complex being built in residential area of Old Anarkali, with directives to the Punjab government for a fresh report.

Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi passed the order hearing a petition challenging construction of the investigation complex.

During the proceedings, the government presented report of the EIA prepared in 2010 for the project approved in 2017. The petitioners’ counsel objected on the report saying that “assessment report expires after three years and the present report was older than the set period,”.

Advocate Taffazul Haider Rizvi represented the petitioners of the area contending that the government was relying upon the report which had expired long ago. He said that the government could not come up with any solid evidence to justify its claim.

A law officer who was representing the government pleaded the court to give some time. On it, the judge observed that the court would decide the matter on next date of hearing in any case.

The judge directed the officer to come up with fresh report till Dec 04.

Khurshid Alam, Mehboob Munawar and others, who are residents of Old Anarkali, had moved the petition submitting that construction of the investigation complex could cause security issues for them.

They said after construction of such a sensitive centre, it would put the lives of the locals in danger. They questioned the building and prayed the court to stop the police authorities from construction of such building in residential areas.