The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday issued the orders in which it directed the local authorities of Faisalabad to remove all petrol stations from the greenbelts of one of the highly populated cities of Punjab.
As per the details, the top court was hearing a review petition filed by the owners of the two petrol stations over the lease extension. A lawyer apprised the top court of the country that both petrol stations were constructed on the land owned by the government. One petrol station on a greenbelt and the other one on the land which was allotted to build a park.
An additional advocate-general told the Supreme Court that the government has taken control of the two petrol stations now. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, during the hearing, asked, “Are there no more petrol stations on greenbelts?”
The lawyer said that the National Highways Authority (NHA) has rented out the land to the several owners of the petrol stations. “The NHA has been taking Rs30,000 per year from the owners,” said the chief justice. “It seems as if the Punjab government is working with the owners,” the judge remarked.
On the other hand, the apex court of Pakistan has summoned the commissioner of Faisalabad in the case and instructed the PTI-led provincial government of Punjab to submit a report in the four weeks.