Karachi: According to news reports, the Sindh Environmental Protection Tribunal on Saturday granted the provincial governments and other pertinent agencies permission to resume development work on the Malir Motorway.
A monitoring committee has been authorized by the tribunal to keep an eye on the project's progress and carry out the more than two dozen requirements it set down. A three-person tribunal led by retired Justice Nisar Ahmed Shaikh delivered the verdict. The appeal contesting the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency's (SEPA) release of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Malir Motorway project was dismissed by the tribunal.
The appellants had argued that SEPA had given the Malir Motorway Ltd. EIA approval on 6 April of last year in contravention of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency Regulations, 2014.
The project was described as a 38.75-kilometer-long, six-lane dual carriageway in the EIA permission. It begins on Korangi Road before Jam Sadiq Bridge, travels along the right bank of the Malir River, and ends on M-9 close to DHA City, on the outskirts of Karachi.