SC summons officials over lack of drinking water in Bolan district

Published: December 8, 2018
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PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

 ISLAMABAD  : The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday took suo motu of non-availability of clean drinking water in Balochistan’s Bolan district.

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The notice was taken after a video made rounds on social media and a program aired on a private TV channel showed residents of the area and animals drinking contaminated and unhygienic stagnant water from the same pond.

The chief justice directed advocate general, chief secretary, secretary health, secretary public health engineering department and deputy commissioner to appear in court on December 14.

CJP Nisar will arrive in Quetta today (Sunday) and hear the case at the Supreme Court registry. According to sources, the CJP will also inaugurate the new building of Quetta Registry.

In September, the Higher Education Commission decided to propose a taskforce to address water scarcity in the province.

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This decision was announced by HEC Chairperson Dr Tariq Banuri while chairing a meeting at the Commission’s Secretariat on academia’s role in addressing the water crisis in Balochistan. The meeting further discussed the prevailing water scarcity, challenges and future opportunities regarding groundwater recharge, water reservoirs, water usage efficiency, clean drinking water and water resource management.

[WITH INPUT FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT FROM QUETTA]

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