Removal of a U-turn: TEPA given 2 days to solve problem

Changes will cause inconvenience to ambulances bringing patients in critical or serious condition to the hospital


Our Correspondent July 24, 2012

LAHORE:


A Lahore High Court single bench on Tuesday gave the Traffic Engineering Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) and others two days to come up with a solution to the problems caused by the removal of a U-turn in front of the General Hospital.


The judge was hearing a petition filed by a citizen who had challenged the decision to remove the U-turn in front of the General Hospital and shift it four kilometres away from the hospital. He said that the change in plans will cause inconvenience to ambulances bringing patients in critical or serious condition to the hospital since they would have to take a long route.

On Tuesday, the TEPA chairman appeared in court and stated that after the Bus Rapid Transit System project is completed in September all roads will be restored to their original plans. But Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh observed, “How can the authorities be allowed to put the lives of patients at risk in the name of development?”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2012.

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