LAHORE -- Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Tuesday observed that the project of Firdous Market underpass could be stayed as apparently there were violations of guidelines set by the Supreme Court.
The chief justice was hearing a petition filed by a company, Gateway Technologies, pointing out violation of several laws including requisites for land acquisition in the project.
A counsel for the company argued that the affectees of the project were not given a mandatory opportunity of personal hearing before the start of the project. He said the contract of the project awarded to a company, Maqbool Kolsan, which, he claimed, had been blacklisted in projects of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train and Peshawar BRT.
He also alleged that the government forcibly acquired land for the project from owners against their will and also paid them below the market price. He further claimed that the construction plan of the underpass was replete with technical errors as safety of the buildings in the vicinity was at risk due to digging process.
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The counsel argued that elected representatives of local government had the mandate to carry out such development projects but the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) initiated it by usurping the powers of municipal corporation.
Chief Justice Khan observed that apparently the project had been launched in violation of the apex court's decisions. He said the court could halt the...