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Ex-Mayor claims credit for improved water supply to Shimla city

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Corporation had spent over Rs 100 crore for the repair and purchase of pipelines, water treatment plants, pumps, bulk meters, etc before the signing of the MoU.

Shimla: Shimla city has been facing acute shortage of water that intensified during the last couple of years. Shimla required 45 MLD water daily to fulfill the total water requirement. The city was, however, receiving only 28 to 34 MLD daily.

Now as the situation has improved, Bhartiya Janata Party is claiming all credit for it. However, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla, explains how SMC had worked to fix the problem during his tenure.

A large amount of water was lost due to leakage in the supply pipes. The pipes were not maintained for over a decade. Earlier, the 20 MLD Giri water scheme was supplying only 8 to 12 MLD water as rest of the amount was lost in leakages. 

The Gumma station has a capacity of 22 MLD daily but the efficiency had dropped to 12 to 14 MLD due to leakage. The IPH Department did not provide any maintenance since 1982. The supply infrastructure was in tatters.

The IPH Department did not provide any maintenance to the pumping station since 1982, says Chauhan. The supply infrastructure was in tatters. Daily wastage of water worth lakhs of ropes continued unitl mid-2017.

Neither the BJP-led government nor the Congress-led government attended this grieve issue all these years, he says. 

However, currently, the total quantity of water supply from five pumping stations has reached 50 MLD daily and the city has received a respite from water shortage.

Currently, Gumma pumping station is running at a capacity of 21.40 MLD, Giri at 19 MLD, Churat at 4.51 MLD, Chaid 0.49 MLD, and Koti-Barandi at 4.97 MLD.

The quality of water has improved during last 18 months. Not even a single case of jaundice was reported during this period, says Chauhan. 

Prior to 2016, the responsibility of water supply was entrusted on the Irrigation & Public Health Department of Himachal Pradesh Government.

Since 2007, cases of jaundice had begun to appear due to contamination of the drinking water with sewage. In its report in 2007, the NIV Pune had established that the water lifted from Ashwani Khad was contaminated by sewage.

However, last year, after the deadly jaundice outbreak that had killed over two dozen people and affected thousands of others, the SMC took over the control of the water supply to the city, he said.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Irrigation and Public Health and Urban Development department for setting up of the World Bank aided Rs. 720 crores Greater Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage Circle (GSWSSC).

Two strategies were framed to improve the quantity and quality of the water supply.

These included a short-term arrangement of lifting 65 MLD additional water daily from River Sutlej, which will allow 24×7 availability of water to the citizens, says Chauhan.

Secondly, the Corporation attended the problem of leakage by either repairing or replacing old worn out pipelines.

First, the Koti-Barandi scheme was executed in which a pipeline was laid upto Ashwani Khad. The Giri scheme pipelines had started leaking in 2008 – the year it was commissioned. SMC spent four crores to replace about 2 kms long pipeline.

Chauhan claimed the Corporation has already spent over Rs 100 crore for the repair and purchase of pipelines, water treatment plants, pumps, bulk meters, etc before the signing of the MoU.

Further, Chauhan claims that the SMC had questioned the quality of the pipelines and the matter is being investigated by the Vigilance Department.

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Hamirpur college girl alleges local police of threatening her instead of acting against molester

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Shimla: The image of Himachal Pradesh Police was badly dented by the case relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, in July 2017. 

Now, in yet another case of alleged harassment and molestation, a girl enrolled in a private college in Hamirpur town has labelled serious allegation against the local police.

As per the sources, a person had been stalking and harassing the girl, who is living in a rented room in the town, for over a month. The person, whom she identified as a member of an influential family of Maunhi (मौहीं) village, crossed the limits, used abusing words, and even molested her on Friday.

On reaching the police station with her complaint on the same day, instead of taking action the police allegedly threatened her and forced to sign a blank paper.

As per the girl, the police allegedly pressurized her to compromise in order to hush up the matter as culprit’s family was an influential one.

Eventually, the girl has approached the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Balwinder Thakur, with her grieve complaint.The ASP has also given her an assurance that appropriate directions were given to the incharge of the station to take strict action against the culprit.  

Yesterday, a teacher of a private college in Hamirpur town was arrested for allegedly raping his pupil inside college premises. A video showing students and parents thrashing the accused publically also did rounds of social media.

The appearance of another case has put a big question mark over the law and order conditions of the town, the image of the police, and declarations made by the new government over the safety of women in Himachal.

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Brig. Satish Kumar appointed new HPSSC Chairman

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Shimla: Brig. Satish Kumar became the new Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC), Hamirpur as the Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry administered him the oath of office.

Born on May 27 in 1957, Brig. Satish Kumar belongs to village Biara of Tehsil Palampur, Kangra district. He was earlier appointed as Member of HPPSC, Hamirpur.

Earlier, Brig. Satish Kumar had rendered his services in various wings of Indian Army and has an experience of 35 years in various fields.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2018: Nod to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interviews, relief in MBBS tendering bond money

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Shimla: In a cabinet meeting of Himachal Pradesh Government held on February 17, 2018, the Government gave nod to fill 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts through walk-in interviews, particularly in rural and far-flung areas.

The Cabinet decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors pursuing higher courses, MD/MS degree or diploma, super speciality DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the State.

As per the government, it will help MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

HP Govt to sign MoU with NCCF

The existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses will also be revised to facilitate procurement of four pulses i.e. Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the state-subsidized scheme meant for procurement and distribution of pulses.

 It will save Rs. 2.63 crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses, the government claimed.

 The H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute a MoU for the same soon.

The government said it would seek more staff from Development Bank, Germany for the boosting the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project, which is being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts.

The government said this project is covering 600 panchayats of said districts to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

List of HP Cabinet’s other decisions:

  1. Approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there
  2. Gave nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Bagsaid to 50 bed Civil Hospital in Mandi district along-with creation of 29 posts of various categories in the hospital
  3. Consent to upgrade Civil Hospital Ani in district Kullu to 100 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 26 new posts of different categories
  4. Consent to fill up 20 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni in district Solan on contract basis
  5. Consent to fill up three vacant posts of Investigators in H.P. Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on contract basis

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