PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday [16 February] slammed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government, especially the Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) for failure to clean the ‘polluted’ irrigation canals passing through the city.

The two-judge bench of high court headed by justice Qaiser Rashid Khan heard the case and directed the authorities to submit a detailed report before the court till the next hearing of the case on 25 March.

The judge remarked that due to the negligence of the concerned departments, the Warsak Canal is the most polluted in Peshawar city. “What a shame that you officers are getting paid but not performing your duties properly,” Chief Justice remarked, “Why not issue an order to withdraw the salaries taken by the officers of the concerned departments during this period.”

The judge further remarked in the summer, children bathe in dirty water of the canals which spread diseases while the officers will not do any work till the court takes notice. Justice Qaiser remarked that the officer only pays attention to their work, when the court takes its notice. “Even the NAB people are not interested in these issues and take notice of only trivial matters,” the Chief justice said.

The Chief Justice maintained that now the court will take such steps and will issue orders against the officers who are not performing their duties. “Some quarters may not like it but we will do it for the benefit of the people,” Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan.

A director of WSSP appeared before the court and said that the design of three of Peshawar’s five major canals has been completed and work on them will begin soon. He further informed that the designs of Warsak Canal, Kabul Canal, Hazar Khawani Canal has been completed and the plan will soon be implemented.

The court called for a progress report from the concerned departments within a month and adjourned the hearing till March 25. The court ordered that the report be submitted to the magistrate first and then to the court within two hours.

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