Government decides to demolish Monal Restaurant and other Eateries on Margalla Hills - Why so?

Government decides to demolish Monal Restaurant and other Eateries on Margalla Hills – Why so?


ISLAMABAD: The government decides to demolish the famous eatery Monal Restaurant situated in Margalla Hills, Islamabad. The Minister of Climate Change, Zartaj Gul declares that the decision to demolish the restaurant was a hard one but a necessary measure.

Following the directive of the federal government in this regard. The district administration sealed the premises of Margalla Hills National Park area along with six other food items. The iconic La Montana is one of them.

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It is noteworthy that, the capital administration halts all commercial activities from the start of August. Now DC Mohammad Hamza Shafqat. orders to seal all restaurants and hotels situated near Margalla Hills. While briefing to media DC said that

“The Ministry of Climate Change directs us to take the actions and we are waiting for the written orders from the administration.”

However, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has already issued directions to stop commercial activities in Margalla Hills National Park Area.

Moreover, there are orders to seal the building of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad over the cutting of trees on the adjacent area.

Why Demolish Margalla Hills Eateries?

Apart from all the plus points in the restaurant, the reason for demolishing the Monal is that the restaurant building is located in Margalla National Park which was against the law. The restaurant was already sealed due to illegal expansion by cutting trees.

Gul also informed that the government would not only oppose construction in national parks. But also demolish existing infrastructure to restore their biodiversity.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) builts the building in which the Monal Restaurant operates and leased to Mr. Luqman Ali Afzal in 2006.

However, the restaurant has been in the headlines since the Remount Veterinary and Farms Directorate GHQ Rawalpindi claimed ownership of the land on which the Monal is located. That resulting in a lack of pursuit and clarification by both the MCI and the CDA. Due to this, the owner started paying rent to GHQ.

Monal Restaurant in Islamabad was famous not only for food but also for a great venue to dwell into amazing views. Undoubtedly, the location of the restaurant is ideal and it showcases natural beauty very well.

People on social media are expressing their sorrow over the news. Many have started to recall their wonderful time spent here and criticizing the government’s decision.

Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2 Replies to “Government decides to demolish Monal Restaurant and other Eateries on Margalla Hills – Why so?”

  1. Aoa.i think if it is supreme court order there must be some reason.but govt should not permit to allow it built super beautiful place in islamabad.the way to monal is such a beautiful and green.its place to visit for tourists from country and abroad.i don’t think if there was no monal people would think to go there like shows the beautiful view of islamabad.and of course food.and so more.thank you

  2. The people should learn to obey law’s of the land.
    National Parks are respected everywhere by the civilized communities, Islamabad being represented by more civilized community, should play añ effective role in conservation of the biodiversity of MHÑP for the better future of the generations to come. I support rehabilitation efforts of Park.
    I wish and hope similar actions in Ayubia National Park, Nathia Gali too.

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