SC's ruling on Orange Line Train project today

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Diciembre 8, 2017

The verdict was announced by a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed on Friday the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) halting work on selected sites of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project.

The top court has conditionally allowed the Punjab government to carry on with the 1.2 billion dollar Orange line train project in Lahore.

The court also directed the provincial government to form two technical committees within 30 days to oversee technical aspects of the project.

The LHC in its verdict had ordered the Punjab government to stop construction work within a distance of 200ft from heritage sites.

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The much-awaited judgement was announced by Justice Ijazul Ahsan on the multi-billion dollar train project nearly eight months after the bench reserved its verdict on the matter in April. It will present its recommendations to the chief minister.

It is to mention here that about 78 percent work on the project has been completed.

The bench announced judgment eight months after reserving the verdict on an appeal by National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak), Lahore Development Authority, Punjab Transit Authority and the Punjab Government against the LHC August 2016 order that had suspended the construction of the project.

The historical monuments include the Shalimar Gardens, Gulabi Bagh Gateway, Chauburji, Zebunnisa's Tomb, Lakshmi Building and the General Post Office. These heritage sites are protected under the Punjab Special Premises (Preservation) Ordinance, 1985 and Antiquity Act, 1975.

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