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LHC orders green rooftops to minimize environmental threat

PHA directed to act against park litterers, DG environment reminded of responsibility to curb industrial polluters

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered plantation over the rooftops and multi-storey buildings to fight against environmental pollution, with directives to Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to issue notices to owners of all tall buildings in this regard.

Justice Shahid Karim of LHC passed the order on a petition moved by Haroon Farooq and others seeking directives for green rooftops.

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Justice Karim also directed the Parks and Horticultural Authority (PHA) to take action against the people who were involved in littering parks.

“There is huge garbage in Jinnah Garden,” remarked Justice Karim and sought a report about the steps taken to prevent garbage burning.

The court also put a ban on razing down trees to build new roads and directed the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) to liaise with PHA for its operation for electricity supply, so cutting of trees could possibly be avoided.

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During the proceedings, Kamal Haider, the representative of Judicial Water Commission, submitted a report before the court and said that they inspected the industrial units in order to check violations on their part for the environment.

“We have sealed 168 units over violation of environmental laws,” said Haider before the court.

At this, Justice Karim remarked that it was not the right way that the units were closed for just two days and then allowed to operate again.

“Violation starts soon after two-day closure,” the justice further remarked.

He also warned that DG environment would be responsible if these industrial units started violation even after action was taken against them.

Haider apprised the court that the traffic plan was also ready for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches and the horse and cattle show in the city.

“The traffic flow will be maintained during these main events in the city,” Haider assured the court.

On that, Justice Karim directed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and others to come up with a comprehensive report on flow of traffic during the PSL matches and other events that were scheduled to take place in the provincial capital.

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