Schools in Shimla shut for five days due to severe water crisis

New Delhi: Water scarcity has been plaguing Shimla for over two weeks now, with protests in several areas of the city. The state government has decided to shut government schools in the district for five days, from June 4 to 8.

Schools will remain open during annual monsoon break which was scheduled in July due to the one week closure, reported ANI.

The situation in the city was slightly better on Saturday after supply increased from 22.5 million litres of water per day (MLD) to 28 MLD; whereas the city requires 32-35 (MLD).

Taking a serious note of alleged negligence in the supply of water, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahinder Singh ordered the suspension of Shimla Municipal Corporation SDO. Localites have been demanding the resignation of the Shimla mayor, deputy mayor and municipal commissioner.

Residents of colonies like Kasumpti, Mahli, Jiwanu, Panthaghati among others, blocked roads in protest against inadequate water supply. A group of two dozen women reached the water control room in Chotta Shimla to protest carrying lathis.

The municipal corporation has prepared a roster for water supply dividing the city into three zones but adequate water was not being supplied to many areas, complained the residents.

The situation has become so grave that the Himachal Pradesh High Court had to step in. The court has ordered authorities to maintain strict vigil on the “key-man” opening the water supply and said that the opening of the “key” to supply water be video-graphed.
Tourism has also taken a hit due to the water crisis and the municipal corporation had disconnected water supply to 43 hotels for not paying their water bills.
(With agency inputs)