HP Government plans GWSS scheme for Shimla town
Shimla, Dec 4 (UNI) Keeping in view the increased water meets of the people of Shimla town, the Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to implement the gravitational water supply scheme (GWSS) for the town from Pabbar river.
Addressing a public meeting during the closing ceremony of the three-day long Gumma Fair in Shimla district, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the scheme has been devised to meet the drinking water needs of the people of the town.
Despite merging several drinking water supply schemes, the drinking water requirements had been increasing, he said.
The Chief Minister said the GWSS would be able to solve the problem the drinking water needs for the next 50 years, adding that detailed project report was being prepared to initiate the project work on priority.
Ground water should be exploited judiciously without being wasted to fulfill the drinking water requirements of the people of the state, he said.
Mr Singh said Haryali and watershed programmes were being implemented all over the state to recharge the traditional water bodies and to feed the water supply and irrigation schemes.
Rainwater harvesting has also been made mandatory for every house owner under the Town Planning Act to prevent wastage of drinking water for other purposes, he said.
He said that concerned authorities had been directed to advise the villagers to incorporate rainwater-harvesting structures in or around their buildings that could be used for non drinking water purposes.
The Gumma pump house, constructed during the British regime, was being upgraded from time to time to maintain regular water supply for Shimla town, he said.
The chief minister said the state government was spending 48 per cent of its budget over social welfare activities, adding that funds would not be a constraint in providing social security pension to every eligible person in the state.
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