Jaundice outbreak in Shimla: Water is basic necessity for human existence


    The Himachal State Government and concerned Irrigation and Public Health Department was today snubbed by Himachal Pradesh High Court on the issue of Jaundice outbreak in Shimla town.

    During the hearing of this matter a division bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders observing that the drinking water is one of the basic necessity for human existence on Earth. Because of the apathy on the part of the Authorities concerned, the people of Shimla town do not have access to clean drinking water and are falling prey to many water-borne diseases.

    On the news items published in many newspapers on Jan 03, 2016 regarding contaminated water supply in the Shimla city, the court took up suo moto public interest Litigation petition.

    Hearing the PIL it reserved the order in the matter related to the supply of contaminated water which resulted in jaundice outbreak in the City.

    The Court also issued the direction to the Director PGIMER, Chandigarh to submit the details of all those persons hailing from the state of Himachal Pradesh who died in PGI Chandigarh, due to jaundice with effect from December 2015 till date by or before 10 am on 24th February 2016.

    It was reported in various newspapers that Ashwani Khud water which caters to the need of drinking water of 1/3rd of Shimla town is highly contaminated. The newspapers report even suggested that the sewerage mixed water was being supplied to the residents which created an epidemic like situation in the Town. It was also reported in the news that jaundice and other water-borne diseases are engulfing the people of the town and the number is on the increase day by day.

    Meanwhile, about 200 members of District and State bar association today boycotted the courts and brought out peaceful procession from DC office and High court complex to Raj bhavan which ended before State Secretariat.

    More than 15000 people were reported in their beds a number of cases registered in State hospital mounted up to 1400 including death toll of more than 12 people.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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