The State Government has geared up to tackle possible draught like situation in the State. The Chief Minister has directed all the line departments to take appropriate steps to check water shortage in all towns and villages.
Chief Secretary Shri V.C. Pharka presided over a high level meeting here to take stock of all drinking water schemes and sewerage treatment plants of the State. Through video conferencing, he sought information from all the Chief Engineers and Superintending Engineers about the drinking water and sewerage schemes. He especially directed to ensure locking and fencing of all water storage tanks to ensure their safety.
Emphasising on the quality of drinking water, he asked the concerned departments to ensure that no drinking water supply scheme get polluted due to sewerage or any other reasons as due to long dry spell there was possibility of water resources getting polluted. He directed the Irrigation and Public Health Department to take regular samples of all the water supply schemes and send the report to the Government adding that any lapse in this regard would not be tolerated. He also directed to ensure that no sewerage connection was given from the main line.
Shri Pharka informed that presently 9393 water supply schemes and 34605 hand pumps were catering to the drinking water requirement of the people. The I&PH Department had deployed 29000 employees for smooth water supply to each household. As many as 49 sewerage treatment plants were functional in different parts of the State, he added.
Chief Engineer, I&PH Mandi Zone apprised the Chief Secretary that all water supply schemes were functioning smoothly and the water samples were being tested on regular basis at the district level laboratories set up at Mandi and Kullu. He also informed that the cases of jaundice reported in the district were not due to polluted water rather reported in the outsiders.
The Chief Engineer, Dharamshala Zone informed that 978 water supply schemes were functional in Kangra and Chamba districts and so far there were no reports of draught like situation from any part. He said the work of locking 75 percent water tanks and fencing of 65 per cent tanks had been completed in these districts.
Chief Engineer, Hamirpur Zone apprised that 889 water supply schemes were catering to the water requirement of Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts and the 10363 hand pumps had been installed in the water scarcity areas where as 52 more hand pumps were being installed. He said 7220 samples were sent to different laboratories for testing and the work of locking 60 percent water tanks and fencing of 33 percent water tanks had been completed. He also informed that the proposal had been prepared for providing adequate water to NIT, Hamirpur.
In Shimla district there were 1000 water storage tanks out of which locking of 618 and fencing of 378 tanks had been completed. The district has five district level and nine sub divisional level functional laboratories.
It was informed that the locking of all 2864 water tanks functioning in Solan and Sirmaur districts had been done and fencing would be completed by the end of December, 2016. Two sewerage treatment plants at Paonta and Solan were also functioning smoothly.
Shri Pharka directed the department to take regular samples of drinking water in Shimla town for testing and ensuring safe drinking water supply smoothly.
Shri Pharka directed to prepare the proposal of Dubling and Lippa to Jangi water supply schemes at the earliest. It was informed in the meeting that the process of tenders has been completed for rupees three crore Spilo Irrigation scheme.
Secretary, I&PH Smt. Anuradha Thakur told that the work on 128 drinking water supply schemes had been completed by spending Rs. 21 crore out of total 172 schemes on which 70 percent work was already completed and Rs. 25 crores were provided by the Government of India. The work on remaining schemes was pending as the Centre had not released the funds and the State Government had approved Rs. 25 crores separately to complete these schemes.