Shimla, June 22
The High court of Himachal Pradesh, today, directed Director tourism to furnish details of hotel properties registered in Shimla and around. Also the court appointed Anil Jaswal, AGM, SJPNL as an expert to furnish suggestions on measures regarding utilization of rain water, natural sources and rejuvenating the old water bodies in State of Himachal Pradesh before the next date of hearing.
Adding the tourism department as a party the double bench of Justice Tirlok Chauhan and Justice C.B Barowalia talking about the water issues in Shimla, the court stated , “Having heard the learned counsel for the parties, we are of the considered view that the Tourism Department needs to be impleaded as party and certain endeavours are required to be made at the level of all the stake holders to find a workable solution for the distribution of water. The respondent-Tourism Department is directed tof urnish the details of the hotels registered with it upto 31.5.2022, which falls within municipal limits and periphery of Shimla,” stated the court
Stressing on finding newer water sources the bench stated, “Apart from above, we are also of the view that certain areas adjoining to Shimla where adequate storage capacity – man made or constructed – need to be identified so that during the period of shortage of water, the authorities and citizens can fall back of such sources for daily needs and even for the commercial needs. Let an affidavit to this effect be also filed by the concerned aauthority on or before the next date of hearing,” concluded the court.
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