ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 (APP):Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar urged nationl not to drink mineral water, as such companies dried up country without paying for using underground water.
A two-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo case pertaining to the alleged exploitation of water resources by mineral water companies operating in the country.
During course of proceedings, CJ remarked that “stop using water of those who have made our land barren as the level of underground water had reached 400 feet in Lahore due to such companies.
He said that companies had taken billions gallon water but not even paid hundreds or thousands for it.
While pointing out Lahore and Sheikhupora, he said that both cities had dried up due to mineral water companies. CJ said most mineral water companies are selling sub-standard water in the country.
Meanwhile, Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for a mineral water company, pleaded that “money is spending on extracting underground water, purifying and marketing it”.Justice Nisar said, “Let us shutdown your turbine and ask the company to give tap water adding that companies have dried up our taps, CJ asserted.
The chief justice urged the nation to drink tap water after boiling it, further more he added that If these companies want to continue operations then they should pay Rs1/litre to the government.
Ahsan said, “We can give up to Rs0.5/litre.” To this, Justice Nisar remarked, “You buy water for Rs1 and sell it for Rs52.”