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The final decision on the Margalla Avenue project is pending

The final decision on the Margalla Avenue project is pending

The final decision on the Margalla Avenue project is pending. According to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), a judgment has been reserved on a case contesting the building of the Margalla Avenue project. Without first obtaining prior consent from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The stopped project was for the construction of a nine-kilometer road. It is connecting GT Road in Sangjani to Sector D-12 in the city. The ultimate decision on the Margalla Avenue development project is no where.

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In a hearing before IHC, Judge Aamer Farooq listen a petition. It was submitted by citizens of the federal capital against the building of the Margalla Avenue project near the Margalla National Park.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testified in court that they transferred the contractor’s application. They will do it for an environmental no-objection certificate after construction.

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After hearing the arguments, the court inquired what would happen to Margalla Avenue if they disapproved. CDA lawyer Ali Bokhari, Margalla Avenue project package-I is underway since 2012. It had finished 50 percent of the work at the time of his testimony. Officials from the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) asserted that they were responsible for conserving the Margalla Hills National Park. They did not contact the board on the topic.

The court ruled that anyone could file a petition involving the topic of environmental protection. The court said that environment included trees and everything else. Such as the preservation of wildlife and the regulation of pollutants. After hearing all sides of the case, the court reserved its decision.

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