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LHC orders closure of cafes in Johar Town by 10pm

Says if anybody wants de-sealing of factory then he should approach the court
Commuters ride along a road amid smoggy conditions in Lahore on November 16, 2021. AFP
Commuters ride along a road amid smoggy conditions in Lahore on November 16, 2021. AFP

The Lahore Court High ordered on Friday the closure of all cafes in Johar Town by 10pm, except on weekends when cafes were allowed to remain open by 11pm, with a warning to seal them in case of violation.

Justice Shahid Karim passed the orders while hearing petitions filed by Haroon Farooq and others against “ineffective measures” to control smog.

The court addressed the Lahore Development Authority’s counsel expressed its concern over ongoing construction activities in the city and stressed the need for taking steps for controlling smog.

The court inquired from the director general of the Environmental Department about sealed industrial units. To this, the Judicial Environment and Water Commission’s lawyer informed the court that factories were de-sealed under the environmental tribunal.

The director general submitted that strict action would be taken against any officer involved in illegal activities.

While replying to a court query about action taken so far, he mentioned summoning each officer to determine the de-sealing of factories.

At this, the court remarked that if anybody wanted de-sealing of the factory then he should approach the court.

The court ruled that no officer could de-seal a factory without referring to the court, warning of contempt of court notices to environmental officers.

The court emphasised quick measures to promote cycling, learning about an upcoming cycling rally.

The provincial government lawyer informed the court about the scheduled Sunday cycling rally on Mall Road. Later, the court adjourned the hearing until December 4.

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