Public hearings: LDA asked to ensure presence of project area residents.

LAHORE -- An official of the Environment Protecting Department (EPD) has asked the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) administration on Friday to ensure presence of maximum residents of the localities, where new projects have been planned or launched, in the public hearings in a bid to know their observations, suggestions and grievances (if any) related to these schemes.

The official said this during a public hearing organised by the EPD at the LDA Johar Town Sports Complex on the environment impact assessment (EIA) of the mega project -- Rehabilitation of the Bund Road (from Babu Sabu Interchange to Ring Road and Gulshan Ravi T-Junction underpass - to be launched by the authority.

'The LDA should have made arrangements for bringing here (sports complex) the people living in the areas of Babu Sabu, Shera Kot, Shaheenabad, Talat Park and outer part of Gulshan-i-Ravi abutting Bund Road - the localities where this project is being launched soon,' an official source privy to the public hearing quoted the EPD official as having said on the occasion.

'If this is not possible, you should have arranged a venue for the public hearing nearby the aforementioned localities,' the EPD official added.

However, the project's environment consultant present there...

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