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SC rules out stone crushing plants on Margalla Hills

Margalla Hills

Supreme court has ordered to stop the stone crushing plants in Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) and ruled out the possibility of allowing stone crushing in the future. Furthermore, the court also summoned documents on the basis of which changes were to be made in the green zone.

Five members larger bench of Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, did the hearing about the increasing pollution and illegal construction in Islamabad. Chief Justice remarked that while looking from the motorway, Margalla Hills seems badly broken. Permission of stone crushing can be permitted anywhere but not at the enthralling Margalla Hills.

Justice Ejaz ul Ahsan said that Margalla Hills is the national heritage and no permission can be given to spoil it. Chief Justice also remarked, “CDA completed no project, why the permission on the green area was allowed in 2008 by the then Prime Minister? Why expansion of Islamabad is being done, is it the plan to connect the Capital with Peshawar and Lahore?”.

The surroundings area of Kashmir Highway has encroached. Court ordered to submit the report about the hotels, constructed beside the Margalla Hills. The hearing was postponed for a month. The court also constituted a six-member committee to dig out the issues about the jurisdiction of Mayor Islamabad.

Finance, Secy Interior, Chairman CDA, Mayor Islamabad, and Advocate General Islamabad to present the report in a month. Chief Justice called Mayor of the capital, Shaikh Ansar Aziz to account for his attitude and asked to mend the behavior as he is an elected person and is supposed to behave as such.

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