Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday criticised Congress legislative party leader Mukesh Agnihotri for blaming Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for present water crisis in the state capital Shimla.

In a statement issued here, state BJP chief spokesperson Randhir Sharma and Health minister Vipin Singh Parmar said the water crisis was result of mismanagement and lack of vision of previous Congress regime.

“No remedial measures were taken by previous Congress regime which also remained in power in Municipal Corporation for long,” they said.

They said the situation today had been different only if previous Congress government had made any detailed project for resolving water shortage in Shimla.

“Although Congress governments kept making false promises to people regarding bringing water from Kol dam, Pabbar and Satluj rivers, however, no action was taken on the same,” they said.

They said the people were aware that due to inadequate rainfall water sources have dried up and water level has gone down and many drinking water projects were also affected, resulting present crisis in Shimla.

Despite this, CM was himself monitoring the situation in high level meetings and a committee has been constituted headed by Chief Secretary and report regarding water distribution was being taken everyday.

Shimla city has been divided into three zones and water is being distributed according to schedule which was also being released in media the previous day to make people aware well in advance and people have appreciated these efforts.

Water will be ensured to all in one or two days through this arrangement, they said. They said that Central government was also serious about this issue and sought suggestions from state for solving this issue permanently, state government is preparing a proposal for this.

They advised Agnihotri not to mislead people on this issue and suggested him to co-operate with the government in its efforts and contribute in serving people as the present crisis is due to inability of previous governments in finding long-term solution.