SC orders Sukkur MC to provide safe passage for tortoises’ movement

By: News Desk      Published: 01:18 PM, 24 Sep, 2021
SC orders Sukkur MC to provide safe passage for tortoises’ movement
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The Supreme Court has ordered the Sukkur Municipal Corporation to provide a safe passage for the movement of tortoises who crawl from Sukkur River to canal and taking risk of being crushed under the wheels of moving vehicles, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed was hearing a petition of Sukkur Municipal Corporation against the entrusting of administrative affairs of the famous Lab-e-Mehran Park to Irrigation Department at Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry on Friday.

CJP Gulzar Ahmed showed his resentment over the submission of the petition by the Sukkur Municipal Corporation. 

He wondered what kind of (amusement) things they had left in the city! 

“There are no more dolphins in Sukkur now. Thousands of tortoises crawl on roads to move from Sukkur River to canal. But so many baby tortoises trample under the wheels of cars while crossing the roads. It’s very tragic that the MC even can’t give a safe passage to these creatures on Sukkur Barrage,” the CJP deplored. 

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed censured the administration saying stray dogs kept roaming in the city streets and were biting small children but the city administration did not have any anti-rabies vaccine.  

Justice Ijazul Ahsan wondered why the MC wanted to take control of the Lab-e-Mehran Park.

“You want to give everything on lease,” Justice Ijaz remarked. 

The CJP said that he had seen every nook and corner of Sukkur city and he knew about every place. He ordered the Municipal Corporation to provide a safe passage for the movement of tortoises and take measures to save lives of these aquatic creatures. 

Reporter Bilal Ahmad