The Islamabad High Court (IHC) referred the matter to the Capital Development Authority (CDA). After hearing a petition seeking a ban on the drive-in cinema in the capital’s F-9 Park.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Tuesday heard the petition calling for the closure of the open-air cinemas in the federal capital.
The court directed the CDA chairman to issue a written order on the matter after hearing the applicant.
As per details, the petitioner’s lawyer, Yasir Chaudhry, appeared before the court and said that
The drive-in cinema launched on December 19 at the F-9 Park was only a source of entertainment for the people who owned vehicles.
He added that the drive-in cinema was a commercial activity that was prohibited at public parks according to the Supreme Court’s orders. Furthermore, the petition held that running a cinema at a public park caused environmental pollution as well.
After the conclusion of the arguments, the court referred the matter to the CDA chairman and directed him to issue a written order.
What is a Drive-in Cinema?
A Drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen. It includes a projection booth, a concession stand, and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view movies from the privacy and comfort of their cars.
Why CDA plans to have a Drive-in cinema?
While the country was facing the pandemic and social distancing is still the must thing, CDA decides to provide some entertainment. The Drive-in or Open-air cinema served as a treat in those horrible times for Islamabandians.
The topic of a drive-in cinema was brought up by a Twitter user. Who tagged Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat in a post and suggested that such type of cinemas should be opened in Islamabad amid pandemic.
The DC liked his idea and replied:
Working on it. We plan to have a car cinema next month. Stay tuned 🎬 https://t.co/rx2ZcHDCZd
— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) November 24, 2020
As per the plan, the authorities announced to open the Drive-in cinema only for weekends. But if the response will be positive they have plans to open cinema for alternative days.
However, now this cinema is becoming a major cause of pollution in the public area. There are sheer chances that authorities might ban the Drive-in cinema of F9 park.
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