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Who is actually humiliating even the God Krishna?



Damaged leaking sewage pipes have made a hell of the area near Boialuaganj, Shimla and even made the Temple of God Krishna a victim of intentionally unseen problem.

MC elections are over and public seems to be fed up of usual candidates from popular parties by electing CPM candidates, Mr. Sanjay Chauhan and Dr. Tikkendar Panwar for the responsible positions of Mayor & Deputy Mayor of Shimla City respectively. The hopes for change are high as it’s the first time CPM has been given a chance to serve the public.

To whatever party an elected candidate belongs, Himachal Watcher expects representative to perform assigned duties for the betterment of our State and City.

With a new hope, Himachal Watcher will continue to gain the support of public, our readers and contributors to bring the ground level issues, which affects the common man in variety of ways ranging from the maintenance of rain shelters to roads, to the concerned government departments.

Today, Himachal Watcher visited the area around on a complaint regarding the damaged sewage pipes received from a local resident who runs his own shop in the market. HW found that not only the road near “Gopal Mandir” is full of sewage waste, stinking, and flowing in the middle of the road, but even the main market is suffering from the same problem. The sewage in the main market is flooding from the damaged sewage pipes into the roads making it hard to walk and even stand in the market for a while.

Himachal Watcher caught the condition on the camera and collected visual proof in the form of photographs and videos telling the condition of the place suffering from improper maintenance of sewage pipes and roadside rainwater drainage system.

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We are sending all the visual proofs to MC Shimla by submitting it on “E-Samdhan”. After watching them, MC Shimla might realize that covering the broken sewage pipes with stones on the name of maintenance is ridiculous on their part. It’s not only a recently faced problem; Himachal Watcher has submitted a complaint regarding the same earlier (Old Complaint) on, to MC. However, our complaint on the behalf of public suffering from insanitation and hell like environment due to stinking roads, seems to have been ignored without worrying about it least and let people adapt to same attitude of MC Shimla. The shopkeeper told us that the problem of sewage flooding into roads from broken and leaking sewage pipes doesn’t get any better because, due to the temporary solutions the leakage problem remains as it.

On the part of public, Himachal Watcher wants to bring to the attention of MC Shimla, the proper maintenance of these sewage pipes is required, not only at the place we mentioned, but many other places all over the Shimla City. It looks very hypocritical on the part of those who come to worship God Krishna at Gopal Mandir and don’t bother to keep the holy place neat and clean. Therefore, it’s our request to MC Shimla to take proper action as soon as possible to provide relief to the local residents, students in the nearby schools, shopkeepers and every pedestrian forced to walk on sewage laden roads.

This is not the first complaint Check this old link.
Reply From MC Shimla on Old Complaint: NODAL OFFICER E-SAMADHAN, C. A., MUNICIPAL CORPORATION SHIMLA, (MCSML) Apr 26 2012 4:22PM In Progress


Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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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