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Shimla: Shimla City has been divided into three zones and water would be supplied in three zones after every three days and equally distributed throughout the town. It was informed by the Government after its second meeting in a day to review the arrangements for providing water to the residents of the city.

The Govt claimed that more tankers have been deployed to ensure at least one tanker in each ward of Shimla Municipal Corporation. He said that the tankers would be pressed into service in those areas which were worst affected due to water scarcity.

On the other hand, a spokesman of the State Government today said that due to the prolonged dry spell and scanty rainfall during last six months and almost no snowfall during the winter in Shimla Catchment areas has aggravated the situation.

He said that as compared to 1003.99 MLD water received by MC in 2016 during the month of May and 1104.78 MLD water received by MC in 2017 during the month, MC Shimla received only 810.17 MLD water during the month of May this year till date.

Shimla: After the protest begun to erupt in Shimla town over severe water-scarcity for a month now, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was forced to call yet another emergent meeting of senior officers of the State Government to review the water supply to Shimla town today.

This time, the Government has formed what it called a High-Level Committee for monitoring the issue of water supply in Shimla town. The Chief Secretary would personally monitor the water situation and also supervise the distribution of water among the people.

It was informed that 17 water tankers, 15 utilities and four tippers had been pressed into service to supply water in Shimla town to ease the situation. He said that in addition three tankers from Sirmaur and three from Bilaspur had also been requisitioned for making available sufficient water to the people of the town.

Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development, Deputy Commissioner Shimla, Special Secretary, Revenue, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Shimla, Engineer in Chief, PWD, Engineer in Chief, IPH and Chief Engineer IPH will be its Members while Secretary, IPH its Member Secretary and Convener.

Other than that, the Chief Minister again passed directions to the officers to ensure adequate water supply and equal distribution of water through tankers. He said that wide publicity regarding supply of water through tankers should be ensured so that people residing in particular area could get information about these tankers.

He also directed the officers to check water losses due to leakage in the pipes and also plug all water connections used for construction purposes. He also appealed to the consumers to use water judiciously. He said that strict action would be taken against the erring officers who will show laxity towards their duties.

The Government claimed that after the meeting, Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry alongwith senior officers of Irrigation and Public Health Department and Municipal Corporation rushed to the field to personally monitor the situation at the grass root level.

Education Minister and local MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, Secretary Tourism and Urban Development and IPH Shri Devesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla Amit Kashyap, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Shimla Rohit Jamwal and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.