RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken notice of possible environmental threat from the construction of Metro Bus Project, replica of Lahore Metro Bus Project in twin cities, as it endangers trees and green belts of the country’s capital.
According to the televised details, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q)’s leader and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed pointed out the possible threat from the mass-transit transport project initiated by the Punjab government. Senator Mushahid also heads the environmental panel in upper house of the parliament.
Senator Mushahid filed an application in Human Rights Cell (formed by the the former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry) of the highest apex court. Taking notice on Senator Mushahid’s application, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani, has ordered all relevant personnel to submit a detailed report on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Metro Bus Project as latest by 18th March 2014.
The court summoned Capital Development Authority chairman, Rawalpindi commissioner and Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service project director and also sought the reports, if any, by Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, Punjab Environmental Protection Agency and Climate Change Division are submitted by March 18, 2014.
Although, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Pakistan chapter – one of the leading environmental organizations working in the world – had recently added three projects in its environmental friendly list. One of those projects was Lahore Mtero Bus Service. Remaining two were Neelum-Jehlum Hydro Electric Power Project in Azad Kashmir and Thar Coal Project in Sindh.