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Pak Supreme Court warns to shut down mineral water companies

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's Monday warned to shut down mineral companies if the quality of does not improve as an official report disclosed that some of the bottling and beverages plants lacked qualified and trained staff for testing.

A three-member bench headed by and comprising Justices and was dismayed at the report submitted by the water commission in the mineral water suo motu case, the Express Tribune reported.

Citing the report, the paper said some companies lacked qualified and trained staff for while some of the bottling and beverages plants did not have relevant environmental approval.

The report found two companies to be using water from and canals while the concentration of minerals mentioned on the water bottle was inaccurate.

"After reviewing the commission's report, I want to shut down the mineral water companies," the said. "The companies who have been stealing water will have to pay compensation."

Nisar said if the mineral water companies did not improve their system, the apex court will have no choice but to shut them down.

"Nobody will die of thirst if mineral water companies are shut," he said.

"The commission report states that the companies lack system," Justice Ahsan noted.

The chief justice noted that if the mineral water companies were taxed Re1 per litre, the compensation amount will near Rs 700 billion.

"We can build the dams with the money," he observed.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 18:40 IST