Ensure no water contamination: Pharka directs officers



Shimla: The Chief Secretary has sought information from all the Chief Engineers and Superintending Engineers about the drinking water and sewerage schemes to take appropriate steps to check water shortage in all towns and villages.

Chief Secretary VC Pharka, in a high level meeting to take stock of all drinking water schemes and sewerage treatment plants of the State, directed to ensure locking and fencing of all water storage tanks to ensure their safety. The Chief Secretary was connected with all the Chief Engineers and Superintending Engineers through video conferencing.

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.

Presently 9393 water supply schemes and 34605 hand pumps were catering to the drinking water requirement in the state. Irrigation and Public Health 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.

Pharka directed the department to take regular samples of drinking water in Shimla town for testing and ensuring safe drinking water supply smoothly.