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Shimla, Mar 15

Himachal Pradesh Government stated in the state assembly that due to negligible rainfall and snowfall during winter season an awful water crisis is on the head and would require linking of various water supply schemes to meet the shortage of water. This was stated by Jal Shakti (IPH) Minister Mahinder Singh Thakur while replying to a query of Member Anil Sharma during the question hour.
Sharma who is member of assembly from Mandi pointed out that water supply scheme of Mandi town was linked with the outside areas of Balh and other places would cause shortage of water supply in the town. Minister said that many outskirt area of Mandi including Balh and Palkhar have been merged in the new Municipal Corporation Mandi now and if Government supplied water to such areas from Mandi water supply scheme it should be welcomed by the member.
He warned the members that the way winter season was facing scanty rain and snow in the state a awful water crisis likely to be on the head during the oncoming summer season.
” It is responsibility of Government to provide water to every citizen and if any other areas outside the Mandi town ship is getting water from Mandi it should not be opposed by the member”  Thakur said.
If there would not be more rain in coming days then, various water supply schemes need to be linked as many of them are already facing short supply of water from their sources, Minister warned.
Minister also assured the another BJP Member Ramesh Dhawala who was blaming the Government for the disparity in augmenting of IPH scheme under Jaljiwan Mishan the prime minister flagship program.
He said that department is also strengthening the water sources under the program by dividing it in two component and all the taps would be installed by Aug 15, 2022 and work
of augmentation would be completed by 2024.
Minister said that state would provide the grant of Rs 663 Cr under the Jaljiwan Mishan. He said that 931 schemes are being notified out of which 328 are already under construction spending Rs 525.56 Cr.
He said that annual action plan tune to  Rs 1100 Cr is being planned out of which Central government share is 990 Cr and Rs 110 Cr shall be contributed by the state. Earlier to this BJP Member Ramesh Dhawala also said that disparity is being done with his assembly segment in fund allocations. He said that minister should give divisional level information in the house about the allotment of funds.


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