Islamabad - The Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday that Rs 181 million had been allocated for the rehabilitation of green belts in the federal capital and to repair footpaths destroyed due to laying down of metro bus track.

Hafiz SA Rehman, counsel for Capital Development Authority, submitted a report on behalf of commissioner Rawalpindi and CDA. According to the report, Rs 181 million had been allocated for repairing the footpaths and green belts in Islamabad. The said amount has been credited to the CDA account, the report further says.

The learned counsel informed the bench that the metro bus project was expected to be completed by end of January 2015.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk heard the application of Senator Mushahid Hussain about the impact of metro bus project on the natural beauty and environment of the federal capital.

Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, former chief justice of Pakistan, took notice on an application of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed received through human rights cell of the Supreme Court containing the details of proposed metro bus project Rawalpindi-Islamabad and media reports of different newspapers. He had submitted that he strongly supported the dire need of a mass transit system for hundreds of thousand of commuters of Islamabad and this was indeed the need of hour, but he was worried about the impact of such project on the natural beauty and environment of most beautiful capital in the entire world.

During the proceedings, Senator Hussain appeared before the court in-person and submitted that he was not against the said project but due to the project, the authorities had broken the footpaths as well as cut down the trees that greatly affected the green belts of the federal capital causing environmental pollution.

Shakir, a citizen, also appeared before the court and submitted that there was no need of such a project in the federal capital, saying that it was most likely that metro buses would ply empty on Saturdays and Sundays.

The chief justice, however, asked the citizen that his plea fell in individual capacity and directed him that he could file a separate application.

The court observed that the case could not be disposed of at that stage but the court would see as to what measures the civic body could take for restoring the green belts of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, ensuring that the project had not posed any threat to the Islamabad master plan and its green belt.

Later, the court adjourned further hearing in the instant matter till mid of March 2015.