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Garbage surrounds the Historic Sankat Mochan Temple



As a result of careless attitude of Temple authorities and ignorance of MC, Shimla to the complaints, Sankat Mochan Temple is surrounded by garbage and food waste.

It’s not snow, which it appears to be on the first glance on these images, rather it’s the garbage disposed in an uncivilized manner on the part of citizens, Temple authorities, and MC Shimla who shouldn’t have ignored the complaints made by residents. These pictures were submitted on Himachal Watcher with a complaint from one of the residents living near Sankat Mochan Temple, Shimla.

Read the original mail sent to HW by the local resident:

Dear Himachal watcher,
Find the images as attachments and the formal write up.

Cleanliness is next to god, but at Sankatmochan temple this adage seems to be a little altered, “Garbage is next to God”. Thanks to the ignorant attitude of the temple authorities. The garbage consists of disposable plates and cups and residual food which is generated during the marriage functions, bhandaraas and other such religious gatherings followed by catering of food. The slope of the hill is snow-white because of the litter which sprawls some fifty feet down the slope facing Shimla hills. In the above mentioned context a complaint was submitted to the municipality corporation via the “e-samadhan”( application number: MCSML/201275 registered on 7/5/12 as per the sms recieved) which now seems to be a mere eye wash. The counselor and the mayor’s office seem to be too busy in gathering the votes in the coming elections subsiding the duties that they have been entrusted with. The voters must only support the candidates who, “WALK THEIR TALK”. I would also like to make an appeal to the general public to press the temple authorities to clean the surrounding and respect the forest in the future.

The complainer has clearly mentioned the complaint number of the complaint submitted on E-Samdhan along with date, before it was sent to HW. MC, Shimla seems to have dumped it after registering, which is a popular tradition among all Indian government departments. Government departments are very quick to take action and solve the grievances of people in papers and MC Shimla might have done that already.

On the other hand, if we talk about our citizens, they are religious than any civilization in the world, but they haven’t yet learned to avoid insanitation even at places they consider holy, like the Historic Temple mentioned here.

It’s a humble request to both, all the citizens and MC Shimla, that for the better future of our State and Country, please show responsibility for your acts and duties and would like to thank the person who sent us the images and complaint. There are people who consider it their duty to rectify the faults of others, but feel helpless because they don’t receive any support from the authorities. HW aims to provide a platform for all such concerned volunteers and expects similar response from all other reading this article.

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Rs. 292 Crore Loan Agreement Signed with WB for Greater Shimla Water Supply & Sewerage Services



World Bank Loan for Greater Shimla Area Water Supply and Sewerage services

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, Government of India and World Bank have signed Development Policy Loan – I ( DPL 1) amounting Rs. 292 Crores for the water supply and sewerage services in Greater Shimla Area in a meeting held at New Delhi today.

The total negotiated loan amount is Rs. 986 Crores

As per the official report, the components to be covered under Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage Project include:

  • Construction of water supply system from Satluj and rehabilitation of Giri and Gumma pumping systems to supply 107 MLD at a cost of Rs 366 crore
  • Improvement in water distribution and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)  at a cost of Rs 270 crore,
  • Extension of sewage network at a cost of Rs 246 crore
  • Rehabilitation and a capacity addition of sewage treatment plants at a cost of Rs. 104 crore

These will ensure per capita supply of water to 135 LPCS (Litre per capita per day) besides round the clock supply universal coverage, the official sources claimed.

The State Government claims that this is the first Development Policy Loan in the water sector for institutional reform, volumetric tariff, water connections, energy efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Shimla’s water supply infrastructure with a capacity of 40 million litres daily (MLD) is unable to meet the current demand of 56 MLD. As elsewhere in urban India, around half the available water is lost to leakages and unauthorized siphoning. As a result, the water supply reaches citizens only once in two days and for limited hours. With at least 30-40% of the city’s population of around 200,000 not covered by the sewerage system, sanitation has also emerged as a public health issue in Shimla.

The State Government has, jointly with the Shimla Municipal Corporation, set up a dedicated utility which will take over WSS services for the city; these responsibilities were hitherto fragmented between different agencies and departments, leading to blurred accountability. This utility — the Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd or SJPNL – will run the city’s WSS system. Policy decisions such as setting water tariffs and subsidies will be done by the State Government and the City Municipality.

The $40 Million Loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 4-year grace period and a maturity of 15.5 years.

This DPL will help SJPNL orient itself as a customer-focused utility that has the technical capacity, governance framework, and performance-based management policies needed to provide reliable water and efficient sanitation to the citizens of Shimla,

said Mr Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director

Prabodh Saxena Principal Secretary Urban Development signed the loan agreement and Program agreement on behalf of Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Sameer Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, GoI signed the legal and program agreement on behalf of Government of India.

 Bandana Preyasi, Director DEA was also present in the meeting. Sh. Junaid Director Ahmad, Country and Smt Smita Misra, Team Leader represented the World Bank in the meeting.

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Video: New ISBT Shimla to Tutikandi Crossing road blocked after landslide



SHIMLA-After heavy rains in capital Shimla, a portion of road at the Tutikandi-Dhali bypass crossing, adjacent to under construction parking and shopping complex, went down with a landslide on Thursday at about 3 PM. No causalities were reported. Road between New ISBT Shimla to the point of landslide was closed for traffic. Long traffic-jam on Shimla-Chandigarh highway is troubling people. The administration was working to find a solution by creating an alternative deviation to resume the traffic. However, it’s not clear as to when the traffic will be resumed.

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Two videos show the moment it happened. While administration blames heavy rains, hailstorm and thunderstorms for the landslide, it is noticeable that excavation work for under-construction ropeway and parking-cum-shopping mall was underway for a long time now. The construction company seems to have failed to count such side-effects of digging and excavation in hilly region such as Shimla. Also, that the administration didn’t bother to monitor the site and spot such loopholes.

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Shimla city gets Rs 60 crore Parking Complex near Lift, Can accommodate 700 cars




SHIMLA- Struggling badly with traffic congest, Shimla City hopes to received some relief from parking trouble as the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today inaugurated first phase of multi-storey parking near lift constructed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. It would have capacity of parking as many as 700 cars initially.  Govt. said that the Rs. 60 crore project will help to reduce idle parking and further facilitate the visitors.

The parking has been given on lease to M/s Shimla Tolls and Projects Private Limited for concession period of 30 years. The concession fee would be rupees one crore per annum with an increase of 10 percent every two years, to be paid to Municipal Corporation Shimla.

The construction work of other two phases of the parking is underway, which will probably accommodate more than 1700 cars, said PK Sood MD of M/s Shimla Tolls and Projects Private Limited.

Chief Minister also inspected the site of under construction Circuit House near All India Radio and gave necessary directions.

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