Lahore: The Punjab government was informed on Wednesday by Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court that the proclamation of a new ordinance will have no influence on the stay orders against the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP).
The judge remarked this while rejecting the statement of Advocate General of Punjab Ahmad Awais that the stay orders granted by the court and the petitions against the project were infructuous because the Ravi Urban Authority (amendment) Ordinance 2021 had been issued to cover legal flaws.
Justice Karim voiced his disappointment and underlined that the court’s stay orders were still in effect and that no acquisition procedures would be pursued. The judge went on to say that if the government wished to contest the stay orders, it could file an appeal with the Supreme Court, but that the stay orders of the court could not be overturned by issuing an ordinance through an executive instrument.
Earlier, on behalf of the petitioners, advocate Sheraz Zaka claimed that if the project lacked an environmental impact study, how could it be believed to serve a public purpose? He said that the project would deprive farmers of their valuable land, and that such a deprivation would be a breach of their constitutional rights.