Bani Gala encroachment: SC grants 45 more days to complete survey

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ISLAMABAD : Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday accepted Survey of Pakistan’s request to grant additional time to complete a survey ordered in the Bani Gala encroachment case.

As the hearing went underway, Deputy Surveyor General Noor Illahi apprised the court that 4.5 kilometres of the covering drain had been surveyed, however, 17.5 kilometres of the area was still pending.

Illahi requested the apex court to grant an additional 45-days’ time to complete the survey. Accepting the request, the court ordered the survey to be completed within the stipulated time. “The survey of covering drain and federal capital is extremely important but the court will not grant any more time than it already has to complete the task,” the chief justice noted.

The additional attorney general then apprised the court that survey of the Gun Club was also yet to be completed. “It would be advisable if the surveyor general is summoned,” they said.

Noting that any delay in the implementation of the court’s order will not be tolerated, Justice Nisar summoned the surveyor general to appear before the court tomorrow.

The hearing was then adjourned till Tuesday.IHC Declares Construction In Sector E-11 of Bani Gala IllegalEarlier on July 10, the Islamabad High Court declared all buildings constructed in violation of the federal capital master plan in the upscale Bani Gala and Sector E-11 (Golra Revenue Estate) to be illegal and liable to be demolished.

A three-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, announced the judgment while hearing petitions pertaining to illegal construction in Bani Gala and Sector E-11.

The bench ruled that any construction within the stated vicinities that is in violation of the master plan is illegal, adding that any construction done in the area against the plan will be liable to be demolished. The petitions, filed by residents, had challenged the constructions in Bani Gala and Sector E-11 claiming that commercial buildings in Bani Gala and tall buildings in Sector E-11 had been constructed against the master plan.

The court, in its judgment, also directed the federal government to take steps to constitute a commission made up of professional experts in the field of town planning, environmental management and finance.

The court further ordered the federal government to make the Environmental Tribunals functional within 90 days.

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