Katas Raj case: SC orders cement factories to fill up temple’s pond within a week

In suo moto notice case of Katas Raj, Supreme Court has ordered the cement factories to fill up the pond of temple within a week. 

The Supreme Court took suo moto notice last month after media reports suggested that temple’s pond is drying up due to illegal establishment of cement factories nearby. 

Three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar observed that four cement factories are sucking up the water through drill bores reducing water level in the pond. 

Furthermore, the court ordered Punjab government to present details of conditions under which the cement factories were allowed to establish their plants in the area where there is already shortage of water and also causing pollution. 

“We will not allow the factories to operate on cost of people’s health,” CJP remarked.

Earlier, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) submitted reply about absence of deities stating that those were removed from Hanuman and Shri Ram temples in the complex after Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.

The ETPB further said that temples were shutdown because of backlash threat. 

The board also asked several Indian politicians to provide deities for the temple but the request was denied, the submitted reply said. 

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