LAHORE - The Punjab government has told the Lahore High Court that it is not interested in constructing IMAX Theater at Doongi Ground, Gulberg rather a parking plaza, bowling alley and a gymnasium will be constructed on the site which should be allowed to facilitate the public at large. Salman Akram Raja advocate, the counsel for Punjab government said this while arguing before a full bench of LHC in the bundle of petitions challenging construction of IMAX Theater at Doongi Ground located near Mini Market, Gulberg. He submitted that millions of rupees had been spent on Doongi Ground project till now, adding that now the government had restricted nature of use of the open land to car parking plaza, bowling alley and gymnasium. He prayed to the LHC bench to allow the government to preserve the building for the cause of public facility. The bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman adjourned further hearing till April 19 for further arguments. In 2006, a Karachi-based NGO Shehri-CBE (Citizens for Better Environment), journalist Ardeshir Cowasjee, Mohammad & Ahmad (a public interest litigation company) and 11 residents of the area had challenged the construction of IMAX Theater at Doongi Ground during Prevaiz Elahis tenure as Punjab chief minister. On Wednesday, after hearing arguments of the counsel for the government, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Ch remarked that the project of IMAX Theater had been abandoned so the writ petitions against it had become infructuous. Later, the arguments started against the Punjab governments request for courts permission to set up a public library, gym and a bowling alley on the site of multi-million IMAX Theatre. The petitioners lawyers, Azhar Siddique advocate and Sheikh Sajid Mahmood advocate pleaded that Doongi Ground since inception of Gulberg Scheme had been a playground and nobody had the authority to convert this public amenity plot for any other use. The counsels submitted that the project was illegal and no objection certificate was obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency. The petitioners also challenged the transfer of the land of Doongi Ground from the LDA to the PHA and then to the Punjab Entertainment Company submitting that the whole process was flawed and was done in flagrant violation of the law. On August 8, 2006, a single bench of the LHC consisting of Justice Saeed Akhtar, now retired, stopped the provincial government and the Punjab Entertainment Company (PEC) from continuing the construction of the Cineplex. The stay order was vacated on March 9 by LHC division bench and work was resumed. However, the petitioners moved another petition in the SC, which had stopped the work again and referred the case to LHC.