The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the companies selling ‘mineral water’ to rectify their faults within 10 days.
The apex court gave these directions while hearing a suo motu case at the Lahore registry against the companies that extract underground water and sell filtered bottled water.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also ordered to close a plant of the Naubahar Bottling company, the largest manufacturer and Distributor of Pepsi Cola soft drinks in Pakistan.
He further directed other companies to meet their shortcomings in ten days while ordering the judicial commission to inspect the companies selling mineral water locally.
The top judge remarked that it was a matter of people’s life. “These companies are lying to sell their polluted water, thus leaving the citizens sick,” he said. He vowed that the court will take strict action against the perpetrators. He also said that unless the ‘big man’ is punished, they would not do the right thing.
During the hearing, the Auditor General presented his report and revealed that a 1.5-liter bottle, including the packaging, costs only Rs. 8.79 to make.
On that, the Chief Justice said that the court has been considering to reduce the price of water.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned till December 3. Notably, the apex court also appreciated a few companies for selling quality water to the consumers. Those companies included Qarshi and Gourmet.
Via: Geo News