IHC warns water directorate staff may lose their water connections

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CDA officials’ indifference over water scarcity in Capital annoys court

Zubair Qureshi

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday expressed displeasure over non-submission of reply by the officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in a petition against water-shortage in the federal capital. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the IHC directed CDA officials including Director Water Management and a representative of Islamabad’s mayor to appear in person before the court on the next date of hearing. The IHC bench directed the officials not only to submit reply but also explain which steps they had taken so far to address the issue. The court made it clear it was the last chance for them to submit reply.
The single bench remarked that the CDA higher officials could only feel gravity of the situation when their water supply connections were either disconnected and they were made to get water from tube wells or tankers.
It may be mentioned here that the court on April 27 had issued notices to the Mayor of Islamabad and CDA officials in this petition. The petitioner Raja Tanvir a resident of I-10 has cited Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) through its Mayor and Capital Development Authority (CDA) as respondents.
He adopted that the fundamental right of general public was being violated due to water shortage and water supply was scarce in the various sectors of Islamabad particularly I-10. He further said that he filed various applications to the concerned authorities but they remained unmoved and did not fulfill their constitutional obligations. Supply of water is quite inadequate considering growing population of the federal capital. Respondent authorities have shifted their responsibility and awarded contract of tube wells to a private contractors who failed to overcome the shortage. Water is basic need and fundamental human right. Due to shortage of water petitioner is compelled to spend money for getting water through private tankers who charge 1500 to 2000 rupees per tanker. The petitioner submitted before the court that 60 out of 150 tube wells in Islamabad were non-functional while civic authorities in view of growing water needs did not installed new tube wells. The petitioner has prayed to the court to direct the authorities to resolve water crisis and restore water supply generally to the Islamabad resident and particularly to the resident of I-10.

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