ISLAMABAD - The Punjab government has shelved the New Murree Development Project and has returned the land acquired for the purpose to the Forest Department, Additional Advocate General Punjab told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. A 13-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard a suo motto case regarding the environmental hazards posed by the project. Additional Advocate General Punjab Khadim Hussain Qaiser appeared on the courts notice and informed that the government of Punjab had shelved the project keeping in view its environmental impacts. He further said that the 4111 acres land acquired for the project was returned to the Forest Department and three tehsils including Kotli Satian, Murree and Kahuta were declared environmentally sensitive. Representative of World Wide Fund (WWF), an environment-focused NGO, however, said that the New Murree Development Act still persisted and government could any time revive the project. To this, Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday said that the court could strike down any law contrary to the Constitution and public interest but could not guarantee that the same would not be re-legislated in future. Here ordinances are promulgated overnight, he observed. The court, however, directed the Secretary and Director General, Environment Punjab, to appear before the court by July 30 and submit details about the project. The Chief Justice also directed the officials of the Environment Department of Punjab to inform the court as to why was the project disbanded and what measures it had taken to avoid such projects in future. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani at a point in the proceedings enquired the District Environment Officer Shaukat Ali whether the provincial government had acquired No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the project, to which the officer replied that he had no knowledge about that. The case was later adjourned till July 30.