Kalima Chowk flyover denounced as ‘illegal’

The Lahore Bachao Tehreek and the Lahore Conservation Society denounce decision for construction of flyover.


Express March 08, 2011

LAHORE: The Lahore Bachao Tehreek and the Lahore Conservation Society on Tuesday held a press conference at the Press Club denouncing government’s decision to start construction of a flyover at Kalima Chowk and cutting of 70 trees for this purpose.

They said the $2.1 billion project was planned without seeking approval from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Advocate Ahmed Rafay Alam said that under Pakistan Environment Protection Act, 1997, any infrastructure project costing over Rs50 million must get EPA’s approval. Urban Planner Imrana Tiwana said it was unfortunate to see the government violating its own rules. The trees are being cut to provide a temporary diversion.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2011.

 

COMMENTS (15)

John | 10 years ago | Reply Shame on Lahore bachao tehreek! Can't move your ass for the people that are dying every day and here you are saving 1400 trees. You don't care about the ambulances that get stuck in the traffic every day and the nerve wrecking traffic congestion people suffer from every day...
Saud | 10 years ago | Reply firstly, i think its Rs 2.1 billion...the cost of the project secondly, more than cutting down 60 tress, i think its primarily a complete waste of money especially for a country like pakistan.. the reason being that even if you do make a fly over on kalma chowk , it wont solve the traffic issue. the traffic will get stuck on the canal or the next crossing. the money shouldve been spent on more critical issues like education or health or rehabilitation of the flood victims or even to pay back the IMF loans! the CM just wants publicity... and unfortunately our public takes everything at face value..2 billion spent on a fly over are just more 'visible' than if spent on education. also, regarding the trees, you can spend a small fraction of this 2.1 billion budget to plant a 100 trees at the same site or elsewhere if one willing to give attention to the environment..
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