KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday vowed to rid Karachi of the menace of the water tanker mafia.
A CJP-led bench heard a case pertaining to supply of drinking water and sanitation in Sindh at the Supreme Court Karachi Registry.
The bench lauded the report presented by the Supreme Court-mandated Sindh Water Commission and ordered monthly performance reports on the progress made in providing clean drinking water and sanitation in the province.
The provincial secretary for water informed the court that the Manchar Lake provided 300 million cubic metres of water annually.
The CJP expressed his displeasure at the failure of the authorities to clean the lake. “You did not spend [even a rupee] out of Rs14.5 billion. The state of the sea [waters] is deplorable,” Chief Justice Nisar said to the secretary.
Every day, 450 gallons of sewage water is entering the sea, the CJP remarked, questioning what the government did to fix the problem in the past 10 years.
Chief Justice Nisar resolved that the court would itself monitor the progress in ensuring safe drinking water to the masses.
He further vowed to rid the residents of the tanker mafia, adding that the residents must be provided with clean water no matter what.— INP