SIALKOT

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid has said that companies were selling unhygienic bottled water in the most parts of the country.

Addressing a big gathering at Pasrur tehsil flood affected village Chahoor, he said that the federal government had taken serious notice of the larger scale selling of unhygienic mineral water by the most of the companies. He added that the government had also started tightening legal circle around such companies. He warned the companies involved directly or indirectly in such nasty practice should get ready to face the music. Giving no exact figure about the number of such companies, he said that Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources had already conducted chemical tests of bottled water, saying that PCRWR had already declared that the tested water as polluted, unhygienic and injurious to health.

The federal minister said soon these companies would be sealed and closed down in the large interest of the public. Zahid said that the provision of potable water for the flood affected people was a big challenge and the government was making an all-out effort to overcome the problem to save the people from different epidemics on priority basis.

He said that the flood-affected people of the district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils could get the facility of free of cost water testing services at the advanced  water testing laboratory established at Sialkot by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources.

On this occasion, local MPA Ch Munawar Ali Gill said that the water of 83 companies out of total 94 has been declared unhygienic, polluted and injurious to health by the PCRWR. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had released a special grant of  Rs400 million for the early reconstruction and repairing of all the main and link roads devastated by the month-long flash floods in Pasrur tehsil.

Assistant Commissioner Pasrur Touqeer Ilyas Cheema, President Flood  Affectees Rehabilitation Committee Pasrur Prof Shehzad Butt and Khawaja Saeed Butt were also present.