Acting Chief Justice’s late night water vigil in Shimla, MC Commissioner, Principal Secy, IPH, Special Secy (Tourism) to appear in court today

Acting Chief Justice of the HP High Court Sanjay Karol had personally visited the Shimla Municipal Corporation control room at the Mall Road on late Wednesday night

The Hush Post: Top officers of the government and the Municipal Corporation will today appear in a special hearing in the High Court regarding the measures and their compliance to fight the water crisis in the town.

According to media reports, the acting Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court Sanjay Karol had personally visited the Shimla Municipal Corporation control room at the Mall Road on late Wednesday night and was up and about in different areas of the town till 3 am. Residents of Kaithu locality had complained they had been without water for the last 7 days. The CJ checked the register complaints and sought to know if the complaints had been attended to. He also checked the records on the supply to various localities through water tankers, according to a news report.

The HP High Court has summoned Principal Secretary, IPH, Special Secretary (Tourism) and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, on Friday to explain the steps taken by them to restore normalcy.

The court has taken strong exception to the non- compliance of its orders.  It asked the MC authorities why they had not taken any action regarding the disconnection of water connections of hotels which had erred in paying their water dues. MC officials were not present in the court for the hearing which is going on a daily basis.

The court has also asked the Advocate General to explore the possibility of involving the councillors of the corporation to ensure that water is reaching their respective wards equitably on the designated days.

Para-legal volunteers and some advocates have been deputed by the High Court to help the general public by providing them with information regarding timing and schedule of water supply.

The court had already directed the Member Secretary, Legal Service Authority, to provide all necessary assistance to the corporation.

The advocates in Shimla have been pro-actively engaging themselves to fight the water crisis by keeping the court informed about the position of water supply at the ground level.

Hapless residents, who are still reeling under the pressure of insufficient water supply, rued that despite the town being divided into three sectors for supply of water on rotation, the schedule is not being adhered to. Many complain that water is being supplied for a short duration with very little pressure.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday reviewed water supply situation for Shimla city with senior officers through video-conferencing from Chamba.

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