The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday wrapped up the Katas Raj suo motu and ordered a cement company to deposit Rs100 million in the apex court-formed dam fund.
The Katas Raj temple complex is considered sacred by the Hindu community and cement companies in the area were held responsible for drilling boreholes and utilizing groundwater, which eventually led to a drop in sub-ground level water and drying up of the pond present at the temple site.
The bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. ordered DG Khan Cement to deposit Rs80 million for using water and Rs20 million for misleading the court.
Resuming the hearing at the apex court’s Lahore registry, the court also prohibited the cement companies – DG Khan Cement and Bestway Cement – from extracting groundwater and admonished a DG Khan Cement for stating that the water being used was stored rainwater.
On November 15, the top court formed an inspection committee to probe the veracity of claims by the cement factories.