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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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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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Despite loss of a life, No lesson learnt, Key-Men in Shimla continue to work in risky conditions




It has not been very long since a key-man lost his life near Sanjauli while performing his duty in the absence of proper light and worn-out condition of the ladder connecting the tank.

SHIMLA- It is said that cry, forgive, learn and move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. After finding the corpse of missing Yug in Shimla Municipal Corporation’s water supply tank, people of  the Shimla city seem to have followed partially aforesaid; as they just cried and moved on without learning a thing from the horrific incident.

The tears failed to nurture the seeds of future happiness as there is a continuous threat to lives of individuals (key-men) who inspite of not serving on the LOC still juggle to return home safe after providing people with water.


It has not been very long since a key-man lost his life near Sanjauli while performing his duty in the absence of proper light and worn-out condition of the ladder connecting the tank.


Photo: Punjab Kesari

While personal visit to Sandal water tank (situated near district court) and Tavi (Chakkar) the lack of facility was quiet evident. Road leading to both tanks had absence of proper road and absence of light. Safety railing of both tanks are such that they can never help a person from falling down in broad day light where key-men are expected to work during wee hours.


It is surprising that Tavi tank is situated very close to power house and have easy access to power supply yet no one ever thought about installing a street light.


Leakage in Shimla MC Water Tank

It has been nearly three years since when Sandal tank is leaking and water is getting wasted without any reason.

Absence of street light and fencing inspite of promise by the responsible authorities to be taken care of long ago has not been taken into account.

We are facing water problem as there is always scarcity of water. It gets very difficult. We have never complained to the higher authorities about the leaking tank, it duty of line man to come and check, said resident of the locality.

However they all acknowledged the fact that there is no light and monkeys have made the condition of ladder worse. They also say that threat of leopard and other wild animals  is always there for the person who has to wait for opening the water supply under the open sky at late hours.


On the way to a tank, No lighting provided

Other tanks situated in areas, may that be Tara Devi, Advance Studies, Nabha or any other to name, also face the same problems. The condition in Kamna Devi is worst where even water tanker fails to reach due to its difficult trail.

It won’t be wrong to say that nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity and that the greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge which seems to be ruling the situation.


Risky condition of ladder

Authorities have full awareness about the problems yet they failed to provide any solution so far. Last month it was assured by the authorities that fencing and lighting issues will be taken care of  but still there is nothing visible in this direction. It seems like that their tomorrow will never come and key-men will continue to serve risking their lives.




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