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Water being sold to citizens must have a quality: SHC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday remarked that the [mineral] water being sold to residents of the city should have a proper quality, ARY News reported.

The court was hearing a petition filed by a citizen regarding dispute over registration of water-selling companies with Pakistan Standard Quality Authority and Sindh Food Authority. The petitioner operates an unregistered water company and argued before the court that registration of his company was unwarranted as his business was running on a small-scale.

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A representative of a water-supplying company claimed before the court that they were supplying clean drinking water to low-income neighbourhoods.

Justice Muahmmad Ali Mazhar said the issue wasn’t about the poor and the rich, “It’s about quality of drinking water.”

He said other companies supply water in sealed bottles.

The petitioner said the registration provision didn’t apply on a company with 400-yards boundary or a shop. “We supply RO plants to small shops,” the petitioner added.

The court insisted there could be no compromise on water quality and registration with respective authorities was inevitable.

The SHC directed the petitioner to contact relevant forums. The court also sought progress report from the government on April 9. The hearing was adjourned until second week of next month.

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