Shimla is having a massive shortage of water and people have initiated dharnas to encourage state cooperation. In a country where there is a great number of rivers it is paradoxical that there is a shortage of water.
The New Leam Staff
The moment one thinks of Shimla the image of an affluent tourist place comes to one’s mind. However in recent times it has witnessed major unrest over an on-going water crisis. The scarcity of water has been there over the week and the scenario is so difficult that the local inhabitants marched to the Chief Minster’s house. The day was marked by dharnas, sloganeering and lawyers boycotted their work. Several people including children and women spent the day in protest.
The scarcity was rampant and basic requirement was not given. The women waited in queues for water for a long time but later decided to walk towards the Municipal Corporation that is led by the BJP. People were agitated also because the Shimla Mayor left for a trip to China amidst the time of problem.
The Chief Minster took the matter in his own hands and deployed extra water from nearby districts and distribution networks got reinforced to address the situation. The water crisis has led to issues for hospitals, schools and businesses.
The people came to the streets in large numbers and demanded availability of water. In a country like ours where there are so many rivers, it is ironic that water becomes scarce. It shows the inefficient infrastructure, management and lack of will of the state to ensure that people get their basic requirement of water. The elite and the rich can afford water tanks and meet their requirement but in lower middle class and backward economic societies it is not possible to do the similar thing.
The government must ensure that all people get a share of water to meet their daily requirements and they do not have to come on the streets to ask for the basic infrastructure. Shimla is a tourist destination and local inhabitants should not be in a position of suffering. It is significant that the state ensures that water infrastructure is arranged and water supply is given to people.