SHC appoints Nazir to inspect construction of flyover, 2 underpasses

KARACHI, The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday appointed its Nazir as commissioner for inspection of construction of flyover and two under passes in Clifton.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan granted the request of private builder Bahria Town for inspection of construction site of flyover and two under passes. The bench directed Nazir to submit a report after inspection within 15 days.

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Bahria Town had separately filed appeals challenging the SHC’s single bench order, barring Bahria Town from carrying out construction of a flyover and two underpasses at Clifton area.

Farooq H Naik, counsel for KMC submitted that a huge investment had been made in pursuance of the project and the entire excavation and a major portion of the work had been completed. Besides the investment, a lot of hardship was being caused to commuters due to the suspension of the work, he added.

The project would ease traffic congestion around the area of Park Towers and the shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi, he said, adding that the project was of national importance and suspension of the work following the SHC orders was causing not only great inconvenience to the public but also a colossal loss to the KMC.

The counsel for private builder argued that the SHC single bench had not taken into consideration the fact that the DHA had no locus standi to institute the lawsuit as it had no concern with the project. The court was prayed to set aside the order of single bench against construction.

On April 29, a single bench of the SHC had allowed the DHA application while ruling that all construction in relation to the project be immediately stopped. The bench had asked the KMC to obtain a mandatory environmental impact assessment report from the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency on the project.

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