Shimla’s water supply still depend on British leftovers
Shimla is struggling with a water shortage and residents often go without supply for three days during summer. Shimla are still largely surviving on the water systems established by the British even as the population of the capital city alone has increased to over 4,50,000 now from 20,000 at Independence. Industrialization in the foothills of the Himalayan state in the past 10 years has sucked up a huge quantity of groundwater. Regions such as Baddi, Nalagarh and Solan, promoted as Special Economic Zones through tax incentives, are dominated by drug and biotech units that need lots of water.