Shimla adopts measures to end water crisis

May 2nd, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

Shimla, May 2 (ANI): Shimlas Deputy Mayor, Harish Janartha today announced several measures to end the water crisis in the city.

“We have decided to cut down water supply a bit for two minutes, five minutes and ten minutes to all the sources where we were sending enough supply. We would be able to store some water by this measure. We can then supply the stored water to the affected areas, Janartha said.

It will take one to two days to regulate this decision. After that I am sure we will manage something. I cannot commit that we will manage in full capacity but I am sure that places which do not have water for eight-ten days, as we have the information regarding that, we will provide them,” he added.

He further said that the local civic body is trying to ensure water supply through tankers and taps on alternate days.

“These days, the quantity of water which was supposed to be supplied to us through our four major sources has been reduced to literally fifty percent,” he claimed.

He however said that the problem could be ameliorated to some extent through adequate storage and even supplies.

Suraj Lal, a local, said, “The water shortage is so acute, that children have to remain without bathing. The tanker comes once in four or five days. It has been going on for the past five to seven years.”

“The Government should either ensure adequate water supply through the taps or deploy tankers on a regular basis. This is the ninth consecutive day without water,” added Raksha, another resident.

Janartha said the daily requirement is 42 lakh kiolitres and Shimla is only receiving 21 lakh kilotitres.

Besides the 2 lakh population in Shimla and surrounding areas, there is also a floating population of 50,000 visiting the hill town which includes tourists. (ANI)

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