Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur said pragmatic and collective steps should be taken to ensure an adequate supply of drinking water to people of Shimla city.

The tourist city of Shimla has been reeling under severe water crisis for the past some days, with many localities not getting water for the past fortnight.

Presiding over the meeting of senior officers of the state government to review the status of the water supply to Shimla town, the CM directed the officers of the Irrigation and Public Health Department, district administration and the Municipal Corporation Shimla to take all measures to ensure that there was no inconvenience to the residents and tourists of the Shimla town due to shortage of water during the summer season.

He said that water tankers would be pressed into service to supply water in water scarcity areas. He said that tankers would supply water from Chabba and from Borewell at Sunni.

Thakur 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 also asked the officers to explore the possibilities for installation of new bore well at Gumma.

He asked the officers to stop kuhls drawing water upstream of lift water supply scheme Gumma to augment the water availability at the intake of lift water supply scheme Gumma.

He said that a new pump was being installed in Nauti khad downstream the intake of Nauti khad pumping station to collect about 1 MLD residual water.

He said that water supply to Tutu Majiath Chakkar and Gora Chowki would be augmented from lift water supply scheme Groh Gandal by adding 4.5 lakh litre from Tawi tank.