Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SEPA, CDGK put on notice in Regent Plaza flyover petition

The Sindh High Court Tuesday issued notices to the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) director general and the City District Government Karachi administrator on construction of a flyover at Regent Plaza intersection allegedly in violation of environmental laws. A division bench of the SHC comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, passed the order on the petition of NGO Shehri impleading the SEPA DG and the Karachi administrator as respondents. Ronald deSouza of Shehri submitted that the construction of flyover was initiated without conducting an environmental impact assessment.

Shehri approached Environmental Protection Tribunal (EPT), seeking a restraining order. The EPT instead of staying construction allowed CDGK to continue work at its own “risk and cost”. He prayed to the court to restrain the construction work until the assessment was carried out.

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