ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar Monday said that Katas Raj Temple’s pond dried up due to the cement factory.
“Had it not been the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), would have shut down the factory in no time,” said the CJP while hearing the Katas Raj Temple case.
The counsel for the cement factory informed the court that the factory was using two tube wells at present instead of six. He claimed that it would cost Rs 2 billion to build a pipeline to supply water from the nearest river.
The chief justice remarked that the factory uses water worth Rs 7 billion annually. He said that the environment agency could not allow anyone to use underground water and those who had allowed won’t be spared.
The court directed the factory owners to find solutions to the problems or the court might order shut down of the factory.
The factory CEO said that they were using the underground water after seeking permission from institutions concerned. Upon which the court said, “Bring them who allowed you to do so. Why not forward the matter to the NAB.”
The CJP said that he had received a message that the factory owners were waiting for his retirement. “Perhaps someone might have cracked a joke,” he said.
The hearing of the case will continue tomorrow.