LAHORE  -   A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Punjab government to submit a final plan on installation of water treatment plants and adjourned the hearing till December 5.

The two-judge bench that was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a case at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry regarding the lack of water treatment plants. Punjab Minister for Housing Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed appeared before the bench and said, “We have formed a committee to install water treatment plants and have summoned a meeting on Tuesday again.” The top judge said, “You only have six-month experience in administrative matters, we have been sitting here for the past 21 years. The purpose of creating committees is to cause delays. Mr Minister apprise us when the plan will be implemented.”

He also said that the whole Lahore was drinking unclean water and River Ravi was being polluted. In response, Rasheed said, “We haven’t been in office for long.” However Justice Nisar asserted, “Whether you have been in office for 10 days or 20, we want implementation.”

The minister replied the government was working day and night to implement court orders.

Then the bench directed him to submit a final plan regarding installation of treatment plants on December 5 and remarked, “If need be, we will summon the Punjab chief minister.”  The chief justice directed the minister to bring the plan to Islamabad on Wednesday and the court would hear the case there.