Environment agency hits out at two more restaurants in Margalla Hills
ISLAMABAD – A month after the closure of the Monal restaurant, the Ministry of Climate Change and Pakistan’s Environmental Protection Agency issued notices to two other hilltop restaurants, La Montana and Gloria Jeans, ordering them to immediately cease operations in the national park.
The famous restaurants, located close to the Margalla Hills National Park, have been ordered to relocate by mid-March and transfer ownership of the land to the Islamabad Wildlife and Management Board.
The restaurants were established without environmental clearances while managements failed to provide plans for solid waste management, sewage and drinking water supply despite multiple notices, the notification issued under Section 16 (2) of the cited 1997 EPA Act.
Yesterday, Pak-EPA held hearings and issued ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDERS to both La Montana and Gloria Jeans! Both dumped sewage, waste in Margallah Hills National Park. Both restaurants were made without any environmental approval! It’s time to recover the MHNP @WildlifeBoard pic.twitter.com/I4QTgzJ8Fz
— Rina S Khan Satti (@rinasaeed) February 18, 2022
The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) will take possession of the two premises after March 17.
Last month, the Islamabad High Court ordered authorities to seal Islamabad’s Monal restaurant and take over the golf course from the Navy when business closed today. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah presided over the case and ordered authorities to reverse all encroachments on Margalla Hills National Park.
National park land is state-owned and no commercial activity can be carried out there, the court said.
The Court also noted that the protection of ecosystems and natural habitat is a constitutional obligation of the state, its institutions and public dignitaries and that the destruction of the national park violates the fundamental rights of the Pakistani people and save them. harm is the inviolable duty of the state.
Meanwhile, Monal land has been handed over to the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board and a wildlife education center is on the cards to raise awareness for the protection and preservation of the Margalla Hills.