Islamabad, March 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took notice on an application of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed received through Human Rights Cell of Supreme Court of Pakistan containing the details of proposed Metro Bus Project Rawalpindi-Islamabad and media reports of different newspapers to the effect that he strongly supports the dire need of a mass transit system for Islamabad for its hundreds of thousands of commuters and this is indeed the need of hour, but he is worried about the impact of such project on the natural beauty and environment of most beautiful Capital of any country in the world.
Taking the notice of potential environmental threat, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan ordered that:
“Detailed reports be called from Chairman, CDA and Commissioner, Rawalpindi/Director, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service Project as to whether the project is not imposing a threat to the Islamabad Master Plan and its Green Belt. Further if Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Study has been carried out with regard to the project.
Such reports together with technical reports, if any, by Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Punjab Environment Protection Agency and Climate Change Division, be submitted by 18.03.2014”
For more information, contact:
Shahid Hussain Kamboyo
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
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