Public sights: Court issues notices to govt and LDA

LHC issues notice to govt and LDA for alleged closure of public thoroughfare for the Park and Ride Plaza.

Express April 28, 2011


The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Punjab government and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on an application against the alleged closure of a public thoroughfare to facilitate the Liberty Park & Ride Plaza and for setting up a food street.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed issuing notices to the respondents for May 9 observed that public roads could not be obstructed or closed even for public use.

This application was filed in an already pending petition against the construction of Liberty Park & Ride Plaza. Petitioner’s counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique also placed on record photographs showing that the entrance to the said road had been blocked with small poles, chains and huge plant pots. He said the court had also declared that every member of the public has a right to pass and travel in public streets. The public has a right over the street, he added. He submitted that residents of the property adjacent to such a street have a right to access it.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2011.

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Billoo Bhaya | 10 years ago | Reply @Grace: You are full of crap. We hold property in Gulberg whose value has grown tremendously. But unlike a lot of others, people of no permanent fixed address, we don't intend to sell it and commercial values do not interest us. We are not going to take this wealth to our grave like a lot of people wish to do. Its my parents home, our home, in which we invested our life savings. Yes, hard earned savings not derived from corruption. We have lots of memories associated with it. We are not one of the rapacious Pakistani's who sell their parents gold to enjoy their life. Over time we have made money the hard way, working long hours in far off places, and have invested in London's Hampstead Garden Suburb and around NY City. No, unlike you I did not not want Gulberg to be full of Plazas and Car Parks. But as Gulberg designed to be clean, quiet residential suburb. If you know anything of urban planning all cities have functional areas: Parks, Residential Areas, Commercial Areas and Industrial Areas. London's Mayfair, Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and Hampstead have been there for 200 plus years. They have not lost their character. Every part of Lahore except for GOR 1, Mayo Gardens and now Defence are protected from rampant commercialization. Everyone in Lahore, even Justice Ramday has been opposing unsafe and insecure Plazas for fire and other hazards. I don't know which world you are living in. If you like Cheengar Mahala go and live in it. But don''t tell others heavily invested in Gulberg what ought to be shoved down their throats. I am talking about Gulberg and not all of Lahore.
Grace | 10 years ago | Reply @Billoo Bhaya: As if you ever invested in anything? Most people who have investments in Lahore welcome the infrastructure additions. Look at the flyovers and the Ring Road. Lahore still has problems but it is fast becoming more modern and organized. Think about the traffic congestion that will be relieved by this parking plaza. And yes, there are plans for a Chinese company to run a modern bus transit service in the city very soon. Hopefully this too will relieve congestion.
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