Ravi Urban Development Project – Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan v. Environment Protection Agency, Punjab and others

The proposed Ravi Urban Development Project at Ravi River is a multi-trillion Rupee development project that will create a Dubai-like city on the banks and floodplains of the River. Given the enormity of the effects upon the environment that will be brought about by the project, it is imperative that the proper environmental approvals be granted. Since these approvals have not been obtained as per the various environmental laws and regulations in place, PILAP has filed a Writ Petition against the Punjab Environment Protection Agency; the Ravi Urban Development Authority (the statutory authority created with the express function of setting up the development project) and Engineering Consultancy Services (the consultancy service hired to conduct the environmental assessments). The Writ Petition has been filed before the Lahore High Court and the Honourable Court has passed an interim injunction against the grant of environment approvals for this project.