Imran Khan regrets 'use of state power' in Sialkot

PM says govt to approach SC over Ravi Urban project after LHC nullifies it


SHEIKHUPURA: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that the government will relocate the Supreme Court after the Lahore High Court cancelled the Ravi urban development project.

The prime minister told reporters during a visit to the Rakh Jhok forest that this time, the case will be better presented to assess the court’s importance to the project in terms of urban development and municipal facilities.

The Prime Minister said there was a misunderstanding of the Ravi Urban project as a housing society. Instead, he said, the ambitious project aims to right the wrongs that followed the city’s unplanned construction.

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday outlawed the Ravi Riverside Urban Development Project (RRUDP) while handing down a judgment on a petition against the project.

The court also declared Section 4 of the Ravi Urban Development Authority (Amendment) Regulations 2021 illegal and unconstitutional.

It said the above section contradicts Article 144 of the Pakistani Constitution.

At the same time, he highlighted the salient features of the project, which he said included planting 20 million trees as part of afforestation, building barrages to raise the water table, and filtering sewage.

The $20 billion project will provide jobs and encourage foreign investment, he said, adding that Rs 1.5 billion has been received in this regard.

PM Imran Khan said wealth creation will help run 40 affiliated industries.

“Given the growing population, we need to build new cities or we won’t be able to provide people with municipal facilities,” he said.

He mentioned that Lahore may face similar civic issues like Karachi in the near future due to unplanned urban development.

He regretted that the Sindh provincial government did not allow the construction of Bandar Island, which is also a large-scale project in line with the urban development plan.

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