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Himachals Queen of the Hills, Shimla, faces major water crisis

Shimla, Himachal Pradeshs Queen of the Hills is currently facing an acute shortage of water, raised alarm bells among locals and the hospitality industry.

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), May 15 : Shimla, Himachal Pradesh's "Queen of the Hills" is currently facing an acute shortage of water, raised alarm bells among locals and the hospitality industry.

A majority of taps and water pumps have reportedly gone dry, and people are being forced to draw on ground water reserves.

The city's civic authorities have imposed restrictions on water supply, which at times fails to flow for days together.

"The children have to stand in a queue for water. Water comes on every third day, and that too, for a very short while. It just isn't enough. People are facing huge problems," lamented Pushpa Sharma, a resident.

Most people manage a bucket full of water after waiting for hours.

"We don't take a bath everyday and go to school without showering. The teachers tell us that we need to take a bath and come to school," said Dharmendra, a student.

Local authorities say they are doing their best to monitor water supply, especially cater to an estimated 50,000 tourists flocking the town in the summer.

"With the coming of tourists, we need over eighty lakh gallons of water. We are not able to fulfil that demand every day. Hence, we give water on alternate days so that everyone gets water," said Sohan Lal Sharma, the Mayor of Shimla.

Scant rains and snowfall and soaring mercury are being touted as the prime causes for water shortage.

The government claims to have made arrangements for supplying water to tourists, but admits that a long-term solution is needed.

Domestic tourists from the plains flock to Shimla in large numbers during the summer months, and civic amenities are consequently stretched to the limit.

ANI

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