News from January 14 says that an official from the Environment Protecting Department (EPD) has asked the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to include residents of the project area in the public hearings so that they can share their ideas, concerns, and observations about the project plans.
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At the public hearing held by EPD at LDA Johar Town Sports Complex on the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Rehabilitation of Bund Road, the EPD official (whose name was not given) said this. The authority will start a huge project to fix up Bund Road from the Babu Sabu Interchange to the Ring Road and Gulshan-e-Ravi T-Junction Underpass.
The official also said that the people who live in Shera Kot, Talat Park, Babu Sabu, Shaheenabad, and the outer parts of Gulshan-e-Ravi should have been brought to the public hearing. He went on to say that if they couldn’t do that, the authority must have at least set up a place for the public hearing close to where the project was being started.
The consultant for the project’s environment said that the LDA is not required to invite locals to the public hearings. The law says that the authority has to put up public notices in the newspaper about the event.