LHC Grants Stay On Lahore Master Plan 2050

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On Tuesday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued a stay order on the Lahore Master Plan 2050, thus putting an indefinite stop to development.

On December 21st, Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi presided over the 8th meeting of the LDA governing board and approved the Lahore Master Plan 2050.

The government’s counsel in today’s case said that the province government initiated the Ravi Urban Project as part of the Lahore Master Plan 2050 in an effort to reduce pollution in the provincial capital.

The petitioner argued that the court should order the government to take action to reduce pollution in the environment. He argued that the Lahore master plan was a valid reason to suspend the development activities illegally going on.

Prior to the two-week adjournment, the LHC sent notifications to the Government of Punjab, the chief secretary, and any other interested parties.

Concerned about the future of farmland in Lahore, LHC Justice Shahid Karim voiced his disapproval of the city’s 2050 Master Plan on December 22.

The comment was made while he listened to many petitions from farmers who were objecting to what they said was the unlawful purchase and sale of property by the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA).

The court said that pollution has reached a hazardous level, noting that the world has chosen for vertical housing instead of growing cities horizontally.

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