Court stops govt from acquiring land for Ravi urban project

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Observer Report
Lahore

The Lahore High Court on Thursday stopped the government from acquiring land for the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development project besides seeking a response from the authorities concerned.

The Lahore High Court has heard a petition against acquiring land for the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development project.

The court issued notices to Ravi Urban Development Authority and Lahore Development Authority and put a stay on acquiring land for the project.

The court maintained that the procedure adopted to acquire land for the Orange Line Metro Train project became disastrous, whereas, an environmental survey was not conducted for Ravi urban project so far.

The court ruled that the government could not acquire land for the project until a survey is conducted to ascertain its environmental impacts.

The court directed authorities concerned to appoint an international consultant to review the environmental impacts of the multi-billion project.

The hearing was adjourned till March 8. It may be noted here that Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development project.