LHC fines late night operating restaurants


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has imposed a fine on restaurants and cafés violating the time bar imposed to tackle smog.

The court last month had ordered the government to close restaurants , particularly in the Johar Town area, of the city by 10pm as a measure to control smog.

LHC Justice Shahid Karim Friday ordered to fine of Rs50,000 to late-night restaurants.

The provincial apex court also ordered that immediate action be taken against those running cafes without permission.

The court also sought a reply from Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on December 12 regarding final date for completion of city underpasses.

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“If the underpasses are allowed to be renovated even during the day, then how many days will it take to consult on this and give a date of completing the decoration of the underpasses,” the judge remarked.

The court also sought a report on green projects from the Central Business District (CBD).

“Has Central Business District (CBD) launched any green projects,” the court inquired.

“They are erecting high-rise buildings, but who would start the green project,” the court further inquired.

Judicial Water Commission said that CBD had said that they would start the green project.

The court issued stay orders against the launch of the new CBD project on Walton Road.

The court sought a report from the CBD on the next hearing, the hearing was adjourned till Monday.

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