According to news stories from May 24, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to work with the Urban Development Unit and create terms of reference (ToRs) for examining the Lahore Master Plan 2050. The LHC has also instructed the LDA to hire a focal person for the project while prolonging a moratorium on the Lahore Master Plan 2050's implementation. Justice Shahid Karim issued the directives as he presided over a suit filed by Abdul Rehman and others to contest the Lahore Master Plan 2050.
According to their sources, the petitioners believe that Lahore's agricultural region has been improperly relocated into urban areas. Moreover, thousands of trees would be removed in the implementation of the plan which would further aggravate the already deteriorating environmental condition of the city.
The Master plan also states that the developments in four districts namely Lahore, Shaikhupura, Qasur, and Nankana Sahib will be carried out in accordance with the government policies at the provincial and federal levels. The LDA has already approved the proposed planning in this regard. The proposed Master plan will encourage vertical developments with Limited horizontal ones. The Master Plan also envisages the management of transport, the creation of jobs, and boosting of economic activities in the region.