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‘Shirk work and neglect the duties’ is the slogan at Sankat Mochan Temple



These images were taken by HW at Sankat Mochan Temple and depict the irresponsible behavior of electricity board and Temple authorities towards the trees and garbage disposal.

On 5th of June 2012, Himachal Watcher (HW) visited Sankat Mochan Temple to get the update about the complaint we had made to MC Shimla on May 22, 2012 and the Temple authorities. It wasn’t a surprise to see that the garbage has just been scattered to make it difficult to notice. Otherwise, the whole waste still remains and surrounds the temple.

Himachal Watcher (HW) talked to one of the employee working at the Sankat Mochan Temple about the arrangements available to manage the waste. Surprisingly, he referred the trust looking after the temple as hypocritical and suggested that the temple has just become an easy medium of making money for them. He further added that the surroundings of the temple are in pathetic conditions and no one bothers even to take responsibility for it.When Himachal Watcher (HW) approached the office maintained at the temple for official enquiries and maintenance, the official denied the fact that there is any garbage near temple and if it is, it is because of the Monkey Gangs. Even otherwise, the attitude of the officer was lame and carefree as no one dares to question God.

The issue of negligence is not limited to garbage disposal only. Almost 90% of the trees inside and near the Temple are working as support for stay wires, streetlamps, and metal boxes belonging to cable operators and so on. HW captured the condition on the camera and posting all the images taken near Sankat Mochan. If you go through the images, you’ll wonder that the people worshiping the Idols of God did not have any mercy towards living and life giving trees.

Saving trees and managing the proper disposal of garbage should be the concern of all. Natural beauty is the greatest gift Himachal have and we all need to maintain it. Otherwise, the Queen of Hills will be doomed and we’ll be crying on spilt milk. Therefore, it’s our hearties request to all the citizens and authorities to help saving trees and maintain the beauty of our State.

Update on Complaint:Work In Progress

Dear CHO (Corporation Health Officer). immediately summon the sankat mochan temple management and explain them the situation without any coercion. also plan for a spot visit within a week.
Hon’ble Dy. Mayor, Shri Tikender Panwar
Jun 13 2012 7:28PM

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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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