KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed the private construction company to complete the work for protection and preservation of the 150-year-old Sheeri Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple in Clifton within 15 days.
Rizwan Afzal, the project engineer of Bahria Town told two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar that rgw work for construction of a retention wall along the temple from beach side had been started. However, he said, since the survey report has suggested the rocks along the temple site may not be removed through the vibration and they will be removed with help of a chemical which was being imported.
The court gave the construction company 15 days time for completion of the proposed wall but with a condition that work shall commence today (Tuesday) and shall continue on day-to-day basis so that same be completed within a period of 15 days.
MPA Mukesh Kumar Chawla and the All Pakistan Hindu Pachayat’s secretary general, Ravi Dawani, had asked the court to direct provincial authorities and the KMC to protect the historic building.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Haider Waheed, submitted that the construction of a flyover and underpasses in the vicinity posed a serious threat to the foundation of the 150-year-old Sheeri Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple. He apprehended that if urgent repairs were not carried out, the temple’s walls may collapse, putting the structure in peril as well as the lives of the worshippers who visit it and the religious idols and symbols.
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