Water Schedule Changes Implemented in Shimla as Summer Arrives

Khushbu Kumari Jha
Water Schedule Changes Implemented in Shimla as Summer Arrives
Water Schedule Changes Implemented in Shimla as Summer Arrives

Stay informed about the water scarcity challenges in Shimla as summer arrives. Learn about the adjustments in the city’s water schedule due to dwindling water sources and the potential impact on residents and tourists.

As summer sets in, Shimla faces challenges with dwindling water sources, prompting adjustments in the city's water schedule. The demand for water surges during the tourist influx in summer, exacerbating the situation. The city's drinking water project is grappling with shortages, necessitating modifications to the water distribution schedule.

The Shimla Water Management Corporation Limited (SJPNL) pumps water from various sources including Giri, Gumma, Churat, Seyog, and Koti Brandy. However, the water level in the Koti Brandi source has significantly declined, prompting the revised schedule. Currently, water will be supplied to residents for only six days, with normalization expected once the water level in the source rises.

One of the perennial challenges faced during the summer and rainy seasons is the silt accumulation in water sources, hindering pumping operations and disrupting water supply. Despite ongoing efforts, a lasting solution to this recurring problem remains elusive. Consequently, residents and tourists alike often endure water shortages during these seasons.

The impact of the schedule changes was felt in various areas of the city, with certain zones experiencing water supply disruptions. Areas including Toland and Kanlog in the Chhota Shimla zone, Sangati, Navbahar, Engine Ghar, Malayana JSV, and Bhattakufar in the Sanjauli zone, as well as Panthaghati and Sargeen in the Flowerdale zone, reported no water supply on Saturday.

As Shimla grapples with water scarcity amid the onset of summer, residents brace themselves for potential challenges ahead, underscoring the need for sustainable water management strategies to mitigate future crises.