The pond — believed to have been created from the teardrops of Shiva and regarded as sacred by the Hindus — is said to be drying out because of large amounts of water being sucked our by nearby cement factories which have allegedly drilled hundreds of bores, severely reducing the subsoil water level.During the hearing, the bench sought details of the establishment of cement factories in the area and a report on the environmental impact of manufacturing in Zone B.Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed that the “owners of the cement factories were playing with lives”.
The CJP remarked that the country’s government sector was not merit-based but run by political-appointees. “We are a part of the state,” he said. “We will not cross our circle of authority but when there is negligence on the part of the government, we will intervene.”One of the applicants, Raja Waseem told the court that the Punjab Government had allotted mountains and ancestral graveyards to the owners of cement factories. “We requested concerned departments for audit but no action was taken.” The top court directed Waseem to submit a detailed report on this in the next hearing.(UNI)