The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the technical director of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to produce the file used as the basis for according the initial environmental examination approval to the construction of underpasses and a flyover near the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi’s Clifton locality.
He has been asked to produce the file by April 21, when the court will take up the matter again.
Till then, the earlier stay order against the project’s construction will continue, ordered Justice Munib Akhtar, who headed the single bench hearing the lawsuits against the project.
The Defence Housing Authority has approached the court against the construction work, arguing that the project was initiated without seeking prior approval regarding its impact on the environment and heritage sites.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2014.
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