ProPropertyNewsCDA Blames QAU for ‘Exploiting’ Bhara Kahu Bypass Project

CDA Blames QAU for ‘Exploiting’ Bhara Kahu Bypass Project

ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), which has filed a court complaint opposing the construction of the Bhara Kahu bypass on the university’s land, was accused by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) counsel of attempting to gain an “undue advantage” in exchange for supporting the project.

As per the details, CDA’s attorney, Hafiz Arafat Ahmed, was debating a case filed by the university’s faculty against the project that divides the QAU campus into two halves before Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The attorney claimed that the project was launched upon receipt of all required approvals and said that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was completed while the issue was still being heard by the IHC.

According to him, the National Highway Authority (NHA) first conceptualized the project, and the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) also provided an EIA for it.

The CDA attorney told the court that he had “footage of the location before the initiation of the project and the most current one” and refuted the petitioner’s assertions of environmental degradation and tree-chopping.

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Advocate Arafat said that the professors were attempting to take advantage of the circumstance to obtain advantages to which the institution was not entitled.

He stated that the civic organization was prepared to build a new road connecting Murree Road to QAU, creating a specific main entrance for the institution.

The attorney said that the CDA had a responsibility to reduce noise pollution and plant trees, two other issues the QAU had with the project.

The petitioner’s attorney, Aziz Nishtar, informed the court that he addressed the Pak-EPA in a letter requesting to take notice of the project.

Since the aforementioned letter has not been brought before the court, Justice Aurangzeb remarked that this is a court of record, therefore we can’t consider any letters flying about, adjourning further proceedings in this case until December 9.

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