ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday sought report pertaining to determining the price of water for cement factories and related payments in Katas Raj temple case.
During the hearing of the suo motu case, the CJP expressed severe resentment over failure to decide water rate for cement factories.
He summoned a report in this regard from Local Government Secretary of Punjab on September 18. The Chief Justice also directed to review the issue of water scarcity due to cement factories in Fatehjang.
The CJP inquired, “The cement factories had to arrange for an alternative water source in the surroundings of Katas Raj temple. Has the rate of water been determined or not?”
The secretary told that the rate has been fixed to the extent of Dera Ghazi Khan and Best Way factory.
“Why the rate has not been decided for the rest of the factories? Work until 12 midnight. The water will not be available for free now as it has attained the worth of gold. These tasks will not be accomplished while sitting in office. Go outside and find the situation of all Punjab s cement factories. Know whether the price of water is being paid or not,” the CJP directed.
The hearing of the case was adjourned until September 18.
The top court, in November last year, had taken notice of reports that the pond in the Katas Raj temple complex was drying up because cement factories nearby been drawing a large amount of water through a number of sub-soil wells. NNI