In the midst of all the developments coming out of water crisis-hit Shimla, a positive, if not unusual step was taken in the early hours of Thursday morning by the state’s highest judicial authority.
According to The Indian Express, the Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, who is currently leading a bench overseeing a slew of petitions over the current water crisis, took the unusual step of inspecting operations at the four water control rooms of the Shimla Municipal Corporation through Wednesday night into the wee hours of Thursday morning.
Alongside high-ranking state and municipal corporation officials, Justice Karol nearly spent all night inspecting operations at the water control rooms to ensure that they were working without any impediments. The inspection began at 11:00 p.m. in the city’s central water control room.
Justice Karol reportedly inquired about the status of citizen complaints and whether adequate manpower was available, reports the publication.
He even met with tourists in the Ridge area of the city, which houses the central control room, and took their recommendations on potential solutions for resolving the current water shortage. Subsequently, he went to the other three control rooms in the city and finished up with his inspection by 3:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.
“It was a rare gesture by the Honourable Acting CJ and showed his resolve to see that a highly reliable mechanism is put in place in the town to avoid hardships to the citizens in the future,” officials accompanying the judge told the publication.
The Himachal Pradesh High Court Bench is reportedly pushing the administration to resolve the issue and seeks daily inputs on the unprecedented water crisis in Shimla. It has ordered State and municipal officials to conduct inspections every night to ensure that there were no obstructions in the supply of water.
In addition to directing the city officials to put a stop to construction and car washing activities, the bench has also asked them to ensure that no VIPs receive any special treatment by receiving water through tankers.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)