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Shimla’s water supply ‘mixed’ with septic tanks, jaundice outbreak haunts city outskirts



‘Septic’ water posing threat to human lives in city’s outskirts

SHIMLA- Water supply pipelines of the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department have got “mixed” with septic tanks in the periphery areas posing a serious threat to several lives.

Six jaundice cases were reported from the outer areas of the city on February 19, while 13 HRTC employees suffered from jaundice recently as they got filthy drinking water at the HRTC workshop.

Poor maintenance of water-storage tanks and the flooding in the Ashwani khud during monsoons have turned out to be major reasons for the outbreak of jaundice in the periphery areas of the capital city, including Maliana, Chamiana, Ruldu Bhatta, New Shimla, Kasumpti, Mashobra, Totu, Ghanatti.

The HRTC water-storage tanks have turned out to be unfit for human consumption, revealed health officials.
The water used for washing buses finds its way into the tanks or supply lines, they said.

“We have taken four samples — one from natural source and three others from the storage tanks of the HRTC — but one sample from the storage tank tested positive for coliform bacteria which is unfit for human consumption,” said Dr Daleep Kunwar, Chief Medical Officer, Shimla.

“It appears that the 13 employees who drank water from the tank got jaundice. We have asked the HRTC regional manager to stop supplying water from the tanks,” he said.

“The recent jaundice outbreak has exposed the corporation, as it cannot supply clean water tanks to us, leave alone providing water filters or purifiers which are the privilege of managers only, who get all facilities,” resented a worker.

The main reason is private septic tanks leak and contaminate the water supply line,” health officials said. IPH engineers claimed that they issue mandatory warnings to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and residents to clean storage tanks before the onset of summer season.Pumping stations at the Ashwani khud are cleaned and treated regularly,” they claimed.

Doctors said: “The flooding of water sources at the Ashwani khud from polluted catchment areas of city’s drains continue to be hazardous.”

Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan said the water was supplied by the IPH Department.

“But we ensure that the supply tanks on The Ridge and other distribution centres are maintained and cleaned regularly. The sewerage coverage is being improved in the left out areas,” he added.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone



108 ambulance accident near IGMC Shimla

Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 


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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes



HP irrigation and drinking water schemes

Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     



Bantony Castle Shimla Picture

CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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