In wake of possible drought-like situation in Himachal Govt. claims it’s prepared to deal with it
State gears up to tackle drought like situation, Departments directed for proper maintenance of drinking water schemes
SHIMLA- While the capital city is already struggling due to water-shortage, a forecast of possible drought threatens the State of water-scarcity. Himachal Pradesh Government has expressed possibility of drought like situation in the State due long dry spell this season. All the line departments have been directed to take appropriate measures to check water shortage in all towns and villages of the state. In a high level meeting, Himachal Pradesh took stock of all drinking water schemes and sewerage treatment plants of the State. Due to Long dry spell the chances of contamination of water resources getting is higher.
While the government claims preparedness to deal with it, the administration has forgot to request public to not waste water and save every drop that can be saved. The water-supply pipes are still leaking and tanks (both private and official) are overflowing
Presently 9393 water supply schemes and 34605 hand pumps are catering to the drinking water requirement of the people. The I&PH Department had deployed 29000 employees to ensure water supply to each household. About 49 sewerage treatment plants are functional in different parts of the State, the official statistics claimed.
According to data provided by the Secretary, I&PH, Anuradha Thakur, The Centre Government had granted Rs. 25 crore for 172 drinking water supply schemes. Out these 128 have been completed with an expenditure of Rs. 21 crore. Rest of the schemes are pending as the Centre did not release the funds. However, the State Government have approved Rs. 25 crores separately to complete these schemes, claimed the government in its official statement.
Chief Engineer, I&PH Mandi Zone claimed that all water supply schemes are functioning smoothly and the water samples are tested on regular basis at the district level laboratories set up at Mandi and Kullu. He denied that the cases of jaundice reported in the district were not caused by water pollution. It was the outsiders who were reported as cases of jaundice .
The Chief Engineer, Dharamshala Zone claimed that 978 water supply schemes are functional in Kangra and Chamba districts. So far, no reports of drought like situation from any part has been received. He further claimed that 75 percent water tanks are now protected with locks and 65 per cent tanks have fencing in these districts.
Chief Engineer, Hamirpur Zone claimed that 889 water supply schemes are catering to the water requirement of Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts. In areas facing water scarcity 10363 hand pumps has already been installed and 52 more hand pumps are being installed. He said 7220 samples have been sent to different laboratories for testing. He further claimed that the the work of locking 60 percent water tanks and fencing of 33 percent water tanks has been completed. A provision has also been prepared to provide adequate water to NIT, Hamirpur, he informed.
In Shimla district there are 1000 water storage tanks out of which 618 are now protected by locks and 378 tanks have fencing. The district has five district level and nine sub divisional level functional laboratories.
Solan and Sirmaur
As per official statistics, the locking of all 2864 water tanks functioning in Solan and Sirmaur districts had been done and fencing would be completed by the end of December, 2016. Two sewerage treatment plants at Paonta and Solan are also functioning smoothly, claimed the official statement.
Directions were also passed for preparation of proposal for Dubling and Lippa to Jangi water supply schemes at the earliest. The official statement disclosed that the tender-process has been completed for rupees three crore Spilo Irrigation scheme.
The entire process of meeting was executed through video conferencing in which all the Chief Engineers and Superintending Engineers provided information from their region.
The government will not tolerate any lapse when it comes to quality of water through regular testing, claimed the government. It was also directed that administration should ensure that no sewerage connection is given from the main line.
Special direction were passed to ensure locking and fencing of all water storage tanks to ensure their safety, claimed the Chief Secretary.
Although, the the meeting did not include any measure to aware people of possible shortage of water and to motivate them to conserve water in every possible manner, Himachal Watcher urges people to understand the need of time and to not waste any water. It will be highly appreciated if people could learn reusing water.
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