Supreme Court orders cement producers to pay for water in Katas Raj Temples case

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Pakistan: The Supreme Court has ordered cement producers to pay for underground water used by cement producers near Katas Raj. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said that underground water is ‘very precious’ and added that cement factories using it near the temple at the site would no longer be able to do so for free, according to the Nation newspaper. The Chief Justice has also directed the Punjab Food Authority to audit local companies to assess how much water they are using and how much they are paying for it. The on-going case was started in response to a pond drying out at the Hindu heritage site due to water consumption by nearby cement plants.

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