SC orders for completion of construction of Kirk temple within six months

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ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Online): Supreme Court (SC) while ordering to start the construction work of Kirk temple soon has maintained chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) should ensure the construction work of temple is not delayed.

The court also ordered that construction of temple be completed within six months.

The court also restrained the Hindu community from interfering in construction work of the temple.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad took up the auo motu notice for hearing Wednesday.
During the course of hearing of the case Advocate General (AG) KP told the court the contractor was about to start the construction of the temple when chairman council and MNA Ramesh Kumar stopped the contractor from starting the construction work.

Ramesh Kumar told the court that the contract of construction of the temple has been given to such a contractor who has no capability to construct it. KP government approved budget amounting to Rs 35 million for the construction of the temple while construction of the temple will cost Rs 55 million. Contractor has no money to start the construction work.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked the construction work of the temple has to be started from April and the work has to be completed within six months. The temple is not constructed overnight.

The CJP remarked construction of temple is responsibility of the state. It is strange that contract has been awarded to such a contractor who has no money to start the work. All are worried how to devour the money out of this work. The respective departments are also sitting mute over it.

The court while directing chief secretary KP to start the construction work of Kirk temple soon has adjourned the hearing of the case for indefinite period.

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