With civic body polls round the corner, politics over Shimla’s water woes heats up

While water scarcity is a routine affair in the town for the last several years, the prediction of a long and harsh summer and its early onset has put the residents on tenterhooks.
Reports say that after suspension of water supply from Ashwani Khud, the availability of water was reduced by seven to eight million litres daily (MLD).
SMC mayor Sanjay Chauhan and deputy mayor Tikender Panwar, both of whom are from the CPM, have pointed that the SMC is doing its best to address the problem and the situation will improve soon.
They added that Ashwani Khud supply that catered to 25% of requirement has been frozen because of contamination.
This has started pouring result and augmentation of Giri water supply has been successfully tested.” It has taken over seven months for the replacement work of laying over 2,000 metres of pipeline.
This initiative of the SMC will ease out the water problem but would not completely mitigate the woes as there is a huge gap between the supply and demand of water,” Chauhan and Panwar said.
Both these Left leaders have reiterated the commitment of the SMC to provide potable water to the city residents pointing out that the water supplied is being tested by different agencies.
Apart from the Congress and the BJP, the Left also has a strong presence at the local level.
Among the other elected members 12 were from BJP, 10 from the Congress and three from the CPM.
It was in April 2014 that the state Assembly passed the Bill clearing indirect elections for the posts of the mayor and deputy mayor in Shimla along with chairmen and vice-chairmen of municipal committees in Dharamsala,Solan,Mandi,Kullu and Nahan.

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