Administrator, Defence Housing Authority is directed to provide the following requested information to the Appellant, with intimation to this commission within 7 working days of the receipt of this Order:
“1. How many sewage treatment plants are held by DHA. Kindly give the capacity (MGD) of each sewage treatment plant. Also please mention their status-working or non-working.
- What is total sewage produce in DHA (MGD).
- How much of this sewage (MGD) is treated in these plants.
- How exactly is the treated water coming after treatment consumed by DHA. Please mention if it is sent to sea.
- How much of untreated sewage (MGD) is sent out to sea and from what locations”.
The commission finds it unfortunate that such critical information as amount of sewage, created, treated or sent untreated to sea from DHA and information on DHA sewage treatments plants and their functionality is withheld from citizens. This commission is of the view that access to information about amount of sewage, created, treated or sent untreated to sea from DHA and information on DHA sewage treatments plants and their functionality is key to the realisation of fundamental rights of citizens such as right to health and right to clean drinking water.