SC rejects NHA appeal plea against increase in cost of land purchased for Peshawar motorway

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) while rejecting appeal plea of National Highway Authority (NHA) against raising the cost of land purchased for Peshawar Motorway has ordered NHA to make payments to owners of land.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJ) Umar Ata Bandial took up the case for hearing Tuesday.

The CJP remarked during the hearing of the case the DHA has purchased the land since 2006 but it has not made payment so far. The life and family system of those who leave land and homes are devastated. The affectees of Mangla and Tarbella were sent to Lodhran. The whole families were separated.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked no price can address the misery which renders people landless and homeless. There is much importance of graves of our forefathers in our family system. Keeping any one away from them is a big injustice.

NHA counsel told the court land at the rate of Rs 35000 per marla was purchased for Peshawar motorway. Later high court increased the cost of per marla land from Rs 35000 to 70000.

The SC while declaring the decision of Peshawar High Court (PHC) for increasing the cost of purchase of land correct dismissed NHA appeal.

The court issued the order for making payments to the owners of the land and wrapped up the matter.