Notices To LDA, EPA, DCO On School Encroachments

Notices To LDA, EPA, DCO On School Encroachments

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued notices to the District Coordination Officer (DCO), the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) following a petition against alleged encroachment by a famous private school in the residential area of Gulberg, Lahore. It also sought a reply from the school management.

A resident of the area contended, through Advocate Sheraz Zaka, that the management of the school located in Ghalib Market, Gulberg, had been blatantly violating environmental laws as well as LDA by-laws and regulations.

He argued that the school had initiated its commercial activities in the residential area without seeking approval from the LDA and the EPA, and now converting its principal’s house into a school campus.

The counsel said that the school had also blocked the road through encroachments as it accommodated children from privileged families, resulting in noise pollution for the residents.

He contended that the LDA and the EPA had failed to perform their statutory obligations and the matter was of public importance.

Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh heard the arguments and sought replies from the respondents within three weeks. The judge also issued a notice to the school management.


This news was previously published in DAWN and is being republished here with permission.