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.