LHC halts Signal-Free Corridor Project until LB polls

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LAHORE ) – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday has barred Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to startthe Signal-Free Corridor Project on Jail Road until holding of local body (LB) polls.

A full bench headed by Justice Syed Manzoor Ali Shah held hearing of the case.

The petitioner, Azhar Siddique said that under the Article 140-A of the Constitution of Pakistan, the LDA is bound to not startany project without authorization of the district administration.

Whereas the government’s counsel said that the LDA is performing its duties within the legal boundaries. The project aims at providing better transportation facilities to the people, he added.

However, the court annulled the decision of starting a project and ordered the authorities concerned to wait until holding of LB elections. The LHC also gave directives to initiate legal proceedings against LDA officials for starting a project without obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Environment Protection Department.

2015-04-17

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