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LHC stops OLMT construction within 200 ft of historic monuments

Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) upheld its verdict on petitions against the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project, banning all construction work within 200 feet range of the eleven historic monuments, the sources reported.

The two-member bench headed by LHC Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh and Justice Shahid Kareem declared the NoCs of government null and void.

The bench had reserved verdict on July 13th after counsels for both the sides had completed their arguments.
In the verdict, the bench announced that the NoCs were issued by the irrelevant authority therefore these were being declared null and void.

A day before the court orders, UNESCO had appealed to the Pakistan government to protect education, Science and heritage sites stopping the OLMT construction work particularly near Shalimar Garden which is the part of world heritage.

Moreover, the UNESCO instructed the government to change the route of Orange Line Metro Train.

Moreover, the honorable court directed the director general of Archaeology to prepare a new report on the Orange Line Metro Train project with the help of neutral advisers.

Meanwhile, the court dismissed the petition filed against the environmental pollution increased by the OLMT project.

The Punjab government, after the judgment of Lahore High Court, has decided to take the case to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.