Pakistan: The Supreme Court has appointed a special committee to visit the DG Khan’s cement plant in Chakwal to investigate how it stores water. The committee will report back to the court about the capacity of the reservoirs built by the plant as well as whether they were filled by extracting water from the aquifer or from rainwater, according to the Dawn newspaper. The committee will also take samples of water from the reservoirs.
The court has been looking into how DG Khan and Bestway Cement set up cement plants in the Potohar region related to water issues at the nearby Katas Raj Temples. Previously, the court was told that the DG Khan Cement was only operating tube-wells for domestic use by its workers but a witness alleged that the plants were extracting water for industrial use from the water table.