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Shimla water supply on alternate days after Ashwani khud declared contaminated

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Alternative day water supply in Shimla city from today as water-supply from the contaminated Ashwani khad stopped after Shimla MC team finds untreated water and sewerage flowing into the Ashwani khad

SHIMLA– Apart from asking the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department to tap two cleaner water sources near Ashwani khad, Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) today resorted to supply of water on alternate day in the city.

The SMC also shut down water supply from the “contaminated Ashwani khad water source, which has been getting about 2 million litre of “untreated water daily from the faulty Maliana sewerage treatment plant”.

We have resorted to alternative day water supply in the city from today as we have stopped the supply of 5 MLD of water from the contaminated Ashwani khad after the SMC team found that 2 MLD untreated water is flowing into the Ashwani khad,

said Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan and Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar at the press conference here today.

We have taken the rising cases of jaundice being reported mainly from areas which get water supply from the Ashwani khad seriously and sought IPH help to provide safe water to the residents,

they said.

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The Mayor said they had asked the IPH to supply 35 MLD of water daily from other sources as they have diverted the water supply from Sanjauli water storage to Kusumpati water storage tanks after they stopped taking water from the Ashwani khad.

We are chlorinating water and have asked the IPH to provide safe water,

he added.

The SMC team comprising of three councilors and three officials found that the two streams of water sources — Koti and Baral — near Ashwani khad should be tapped by the IPH.

This can add 3 MLD of water to the Ashwani khad source daily, said Mayor.

Only additional water pipes need to be laid for this. The IPH should immediately stop the flow of untreated sewerage water into the Ashwani khad water source that gives about 5 MLD to the Kusumpati water storage tanks daily,

added Panwar.

The IPH-run Maliana sewerage treatment plant, outsourced to the private contractor, uses an outdated technology, the team found during inspection.

Dry refuse of the treatment plant is decaying. There is no alternative power supply and about 2 MLD of the untreated sewerage water flow into the Ashwani khad,

they said citing the findings of the inspection team.

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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

jairam thakur releases hp district index

The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Weird accident in Himachal PRadesh

Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

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Pic: Punjab Kesari

The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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