Shimla embarrassed, tourism industry hit as tourists suffer from acute water shortage
SHIMLA-Water shortage in Shimla town has become more acute since January 2 when supply from Ashwani Khud was stopped following a recent outbreak of jaundice. Ashwani Khud was the source of water for one-third of Shimla’s population before the outbreak of jaundice, supplying nine to 10 million litres per day (MLD). Hotels charging as much as Rs.100 for a bucket of water.
In most of Shimla, taps stay dry — water supply is restricted to once in two or three days, while some neighborhoods receive tap water once a week. The owners and managers of Shimla’s 450 hotels, restaurants and guest-houses are a worried lot as they are forced to pay about Rs. 5,000 for a 3,000 litre water-tanker. Private suppliers bring water from natural sources located on the outskirts of Shimla to sell to the hotels.