LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) to seal 17 bottled drinking water manufacturing units/companies working without valid licenses. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar issued this order while hearing a petition against the supply of adulterated bottled water by private companies. The petitioner pleaded the quality of bottled water manufactured by the companies was in no way better than the tap water being supplied to people by Wasa or municipal corporation. The judge directed the PSQCA Assistant Director Punjab Region, Abdul Ghaffar Khan Niazi to immediately restrain these companies from manufacturing, storage and selling the bottled water by sealing the companies. The court order says, 'the manufacturers/companies do not posses valid PSQCA licenses and most of them have not even applied for grant of license. Thus they are restrained from manufacturing, storage and selling bottled drinking water and if they have unit of manufacturing, PSQCA must seal those units. The units/ companies, which were restrained from manufacturing and selling of bottled drinking water included (brand names) AG Spiral Water, Atlantic, H2O Water, Khushboo, Nation, Nayab TWS, Valley, Pearl, Rising Life, Clean Plus, Finely, Marhaba Water, Aqua Fresh, Energy Water, Kin, Aqua Nova operating in Lahore and other cities of Punjab. Earlier, the court was informed neither the 17 companies possess valid licenses nor did they apply for it. On the other hand, licenses of several other companies have expired and the units have not yet applied for renewal of their licenses. However, the court allowed one month time to those companies who applied for licenses and their applications were pending with PSQCA. During this period they shall be entitled for manufacturing, storage and selling of bottled water, judge said in his order. Further proceedings on the petition were adjourned till March 5. On previous date of hearing, the judge had issued show cause notices to 28 bottled and mineral water manufacturing companies in Punjab that had not got their licenses renewed for the last two years. The petition was filed by Watan Party Pakistan through its president Barrister Zafarullah Khan submitting that bottled drinking water manufacturing companies were supplying adulterated, contaminated, stale and mostly filtered tap water. He said most of the companies manufacturing/supplying bottled drinking water never wrote on their labels from where they were getting water. Man caught red-handed Special Food Squad, under the supervision of District Officer Food Dr Masood Ashraf, on Tuesday caught Irafan and his employee Yousaf red-handed while filling water bottles at a factory in Jallo Park area. The squad recovered 30 bottles from the factory premises. Meanwhile, the squad inspected sweet shops, general stores, pan shops and bakeries in different parts of the City. The squad took 95 samples of eatables and the same were sent to laboratory for analysis.