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Billions spent on foreign visits but no money for provision of water to masses: SC

Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani of Supreme Court of Pakistan in his remarks said that billions of rupees are being spent on the foreign visits of president and prime minister but while the funds for supply of potable water to the people not being given.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan was hearing the suo motto case pertaining to high levels of contamination in Manchar Lake.

The apex court showed anger on Sindh government by sending the report of Manchar Lake pollution by post.

WAPDA, irrigation department and Sindh government on Tuesday submitted a joint report relating to the project for making the Lake pollution-free, which said that the total cost of the long-term project pertaining to the Lake was estimated at Rs. 29 billion, while for the underway projects a sum Rs. 5 billion has been sought from the federal government, yet to be received.

The reports said that Rs 30 to 40 billion needed for the completion of projects in the adjacent areas.

Advocate General Sindh informed the apex court that the funds are not sufficient for the project for making the lake pollution-free adding that application has been sent to the federal government for grants.

A member of the bench Justice Jawad S Khwaja in his remarks said that the government is claiming of spending billions of rupees on development projects but the people of Manchar Lake are looking for clean drinking water.

Another member of the bench Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani in his remarks lamented that so much being spent on the prime minister’s tours, while the funds for supply of potable water to the people not being given.

Justice Shakirullah Jan said that government is claiming for spending billion rupees on development projects but the people of Manchar Lake area are dying for water, meanwhile the court adjourned next hearing till today (Wednesday).

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