Shortage of water supply in Shimla: HC seeks explanation


The Himachal Pradesh High Court today asked the Municipal Corporation Shimla to explain as why there is shortage of water supply in Shimla city again directing to ensure water supply in the city as per directions passed by the court from time to time. The court also directed the M.C. Shimla to file status report in this regard on or before 25th October, 2016.


During the hearing of the petition it was brought to the notice of the Court by Pollution Control Board that Municipal Corporation Shimla had given details of 42 water storage tanks and 4 reservoirs from where the Board had taken the samples, out of which 12 reports have been received and others are still awaited. The court also directed the Pollution Control Board to file status report on the next date of hearing.


A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on the news items published in various news paper on Jan 3, 2016 regarding the contaminated water supply in Shimla city. The news paper reports even suggested that the sewage mixed water was being supplied to the residents which has created an epidemic like situation in the Town. It was also reported that jaundice and other water born diseases are engulfing the people of the town and the number is on the increase day by day.

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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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