Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday deferred its decision in a case involving the illegal building of Margalla Avenue, citing environmental concerns. Citizens of the federal capital filed a lawsuit against the avenue’s construction, which was heard by IHC Justice Aamer Farooq.
According to the petition, the application for construction approval was submitted after the work had begun. The court wanted to know what would happen to Margalla Avenue if the approval was denied.
Ali Bokhari, a lawyer for the Capital Development Authority (CDA), argued that construction on Margalla Avenue package-I had been ongoing since 2012 and that 50 percent of it had been finished. The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) stated that it was responsible for the protection of the Margalla Hills and that it had not been contacted on the issue.
According to CDA’s lawyer, there were no residences or trees in the project’s right of way. The court did note, however, that anybody could file a petition to address an environmental issue. The court stated that environmental protection included not only trees but also wildlife and pollution control.