Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday said that his government is committed to total cleanliness under the Swachh Bharat Mission of Government of India.

While addressing a public meeting after launching the drinking water reservoirs cleaning campaign here, Thakur said it is necessary to undertake such cleanliness drives to keep drinking water safe.

“Maximum water borne diseases occurs because of lackluster approach as water reservoirs or tanks once constructed goes unattended for a long time,” he said.

e directed the IPH Department to undertake the regular cleanliness drive of drinking water tanks all over the state and this would be our priority.

Thakur said not once but the department concerned should ensure that water tanks were maintained properly and such campaigns should be undertaken twice a year. “Besides, the traditional water resources need to be cleaned regularly. It should also be ensured that the water sources should be equally attended and properly maintained,” he said.

The CM said due to tough topography of the state, it was often witnessed that people carry water on their back and head even in his constituency which was quite an interior. But now a days, the people have access to drinking water at their doorsteps, inside their home.”I assure that every kitchen and bathrooms will have water taps,” he said.
He that the fare for HRTC taxis to IGMC would be Rs 10 now, which was rupees 20 earlier, adding that the senior citizens will also pay the same fare of Rs 10.

Under AMRUT mission we will make sincere efforts to include an over-bridge at Sanjauli to avoid inconvenience to people from heavy traffic, said the CM Irrigation and Public Health minister Mahendar Singh Thakur, Education minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Shimla MC Mayor Kusum Sadret, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Kumar Sharma and Engineer-in-Chief IPH Anil Bahri were present on the occasion.