Lahore: High Court forbids construction of Metro Train project within 200 meters of Saint Andrews Church

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Lahore High Court announced its ruling regarding petition case against Orange Line Metro Train Project. While announcing the ruling on August 19, Friday the division bench declared government’s NoC null and void. The court had directed that construction of the project is forbidden within 200 meters of heritage sites falling in the route of the project.

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The division bench which was headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, had previously reserved judgment on July 13 followed by argumentation from both sides. The counsel for petitioners Advocate Azhar Siddique, had argued in the court that owing to the construction work of the project several historic sites are imperiled.

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LHC had directed to halt construction work around eleven buildings which include, Supreme Court Lahore Registry, the General Post Office, the Aiwan-i-Auqaf, Saint Andrews Church and Mauj Dariya shrine- which would be affected by the metro train project. Advocate Azhar Siddique presented an objection that there was an unequal allocation for the metro train project with regard to the provincial budget.

Besides, LHC’s ruling the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO had also expressed serious concerns about the construction proposal of the metro train project. The heritage committee had requested the provincial government to suspend its construction work around the site. Punjab government was also requested by the World Heritage Committee to present a report including technical details such as heritage impact assessment for all proposed projects that may in any was affect the heritage monuments.