Shimla: Soaring temperatures are making water shortages felt across the state forcing chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to appeal for suspending of construction activity for three months so that drinking water needs could be met.
Addressing a gathering at Kandaghat after laying of foundation stones for an Rs 4.71 crore rural drinking water scheme in the area, the chief minister asked the people to save water so that it could be used for drinking purposes.
â€œIf people could suspend construction activities for the next three months, water could be saved for meeting drinking needs,â€ he said.
The new drinking water scheme was designed to meet needs of the parched panchayats of Sirinagar, Bisha, Mahi, Kawarag and Dwavsha that have a population of about 4000 people.
Speaking on the occasion Ravinder Ravi, irrigation and public health minister said the scheme would be completed in a time bound manner.
He said that during 2009-2010 the government had spent Rs 1350 crore on irrigation and public health facilities.
A total of 1876 hand pumps had been bored throughout Solan hills to meet water needs. Additional schemes worth Rs 23.72 crore would be sanctioned soon for the region, he said.