During the mineral water case hearing in the Supreme Court, it was disclosed that the bottles carrying mineral water are not made up of the food-grade plastic.
It was also told to the judges that the water company extracts 20,000 tonnes of water in an hour in Karachi, whereas the land granted to the company is free of charge.
The bench was informed that food-grade plastic is not being used in mineral water bottles. The CJP stated that it means in hot weather, the bottle’s plastic chemical would most likely to be mixed in the water.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar observed that during his stay in Karachi he visited a water plant of a mineral water company. The company was leased out the plot for the plant free of charge. A water sample taken from the water plant was unsuccessful to meet the quality standard of the drinking water. Even the whole plant was not meeting the standards of hygiene.
An expert was asked for the opinion who commented that it’s better to drink water from a river rather than drinking the bottled water of a mineral water company.
In a previous hearing the apex court bench discarded a report submitted by the advocate general for Punjab on taxes imposed on bottled water companies.
The government counsel, while submitting the report, said the government of Punjab had divided the use of water in some categories: the companies extracting water from areas facing water scarcity would have to pay 75 paisa per litre, whereas in areas where there was no shortage of water, the companies were required to pay 15 paisa per litre.
Justice Nisar observed that the mineral water companies were themselves willing to pay 50-75 paisa, so what the government had added to it. The bench in the hearing ordered a forensic audit of all mineral water companies and demanded a weekly report to the court.
Till that, you all should avoid drinking those bottled water supplied by the mineral water company.