SC rules “railways land is not to be used to set up housing societies”

December 24, 2018

Summons ministers over Nai Gaj dam

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the “railways land is not to be used to set up the housing societies or issued lease for it, till the next order of the court”. A Supreme Court heard suo moto case on deficit in Pakistan Railways on Monday. Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed appeared before a two-member bench in the case. Headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, the court stated, “Stay orders from all high courts and subordinate courts about the railways lands.” The judges remarked that the railways land owned by the department and only the railways could utilize these lands.

The court also ordered removal of encroachments from the railways land. The court remarked that the railways’ land is owned by the federal government and not the department.

The apex court summoned the owners of the Royal Palm Club in the next hearing of the case. The bench adjourned the case till December 27. Meanwhile, The Supreme Court on Monday, summoned federal ministers Asad Umar, Faisal Vawda and Khusro Bakhtiar before the court in the case about construction of Nai Gaj dam in Dadu district of Sindh. A three-member bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case with regard to lack of fund in the construction of the dam, which has delayed. The petitioner informed the court that the PC-1 for the Nai Gaj Dam was submitted but funds for the project not released. “The Executive Committee of National Economic Council” (ECNEC) has yet to give nod for the project, the petitioner told the court. Agencies