SC allows Punjab Govt to construct Orange Line Train project

SC’s five-member bench had reserved the decision regarding Orange Line case on April 17

SC’s five-member bench had reserved the decision regarding Orange Line case on April 17

Granting conditional approval to the Punjab government, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of multi-billion Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project setting aside the verdict of Lahore High Court (LHC).

The other judges of the bench are Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.

The committee will include experts from the archaeology department as well as a former Supreme Court justice.

The apex court allowed the provincial government to go ahead with the train project provided it fulfills 31 conditions including ensuring the safety of historic places.

The LHC in its verdict had ordered the Punjab government to stop construction work within a distance of 200ft from heritage sites. The court has also directed the provincial government to commission a Rs100 million fund for the protection and safekeeping of the sites.

Welcoming the decision, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the "people have won today over the vested interests..." All efforts & energies to be employed to complete this mega public welfare project as early as possible InshaAllah!

The bench announced judgment eight months after reserving the verdict on an appeal by National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak), Lahore Development Authority, Punjab Transit Authority and the Punjab Government against the LHC August 2016 order that had suspended the construction of the project.

The committees will oversee the construction work through the historical sites and make sure no harm comes to them during the process.

The heritage sites are protected under the Punjab Special Premises (Preservation) Ordinance, 1985 and Antiquity Act, 1975.

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