Cement factories agree to use alternative water resources, SC wraps up Katas Raj case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday wrapped up the Katas Raj suo motu case after the cement factories put forward a proposal that they would find an alternative water source and pay for the water they use until then.

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The top court, in November last year, had taken notice of reports that the pond in the Katas Raj temple complex was drying up because cement factories nearby were drawing a large amount of water through a number of sub-soil wells.

A three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, has been hearing the case. During earlier proceedings, the court had also ordered the federal and Punjab governments to form a special committee of experts to save the fabled prehistoric Hindu temple of Katas Raj.

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