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SC seeks report from LDA on high-rises

LAHORE: A Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, on Tuesday directed the LDA to submit a detailed report on all the high-rises, including the plaza in question, within three weeks.

The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) told the court that the rules had been amended to form a high-powered commission to check violation of laws in construction of high-rises.

During the hearing of a 2007 famous suo motu case against high-rises, especially in Lahore, the LDA’s counsel stated before a two-judge bench that the new commission would be constituted within two days.

He said the new commission would be more powerful than the earlier one.

The lawyer for a plaza in Gulberg asked the court to set aside the fine imposed by the commission.

However, the LDA’s counsel pointed out that the plaza administration had violated the building by-laws by utilising emergency exits for construction of shops.

The bench observed that the court would neither let anyone violate the law nor punish any innocent.

Published in Dawn, January 11th, 2017