Islamabad: According to news reports, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday (December 12) authorized the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to continue work on the Bhara Kahu bypass project on property owned by Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).
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Multiple petitions against the scheme made by academic members and the administration were dismissed by an IHC judge in a quick judgment. The court deemed the project was legal since it had received the required land use clearance from the relevant authorities. The Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency's Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), which found the project to be environmentally safe, had already been obtained by the authority, the CDA council informed the court. The project, according to the CDA council, has already received approval and is scheduled to be completed next year.
According to information provided to the court, the 5-kilometer-long project was a component of the CDA master plan to reduce traffic in the area since regular traffic jams led to environmental degradation. According to the CDA's PC-1 submission, the 5-kilometer route, which includes a 1-kilometer flyover, will begin at Murree Road near the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) stop and end at Murree Road near the Jugi bus stop. The National Logistics Cell (NLC) would execute the project in three months.