Continuing with its crusade to do its bit in tackling effectively the acute water shortage being faced my residents in Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday issued another set of directions addressing various issues being faced by the city people.
The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel directed creation of a Whatsapp group for effective coordination by the municipal authorities in supplying water to various zones in the city. It also ordered that jingles be aired by the civic body, in order to sensationalize people about the importance of water conservations.
Besides, the Court ordered media to exercise restraint in reporting of the issue, so that tourists are not dissuaded from visiting the city. It ordered, "Taking into consideration the historic importance of the Town, as also the factum of Shimla being world over known as “the Queen of Hills”, which attracts tourists from the entire world, Media to exercise restraint and not sensationalize the issue so as to dissuade the tourists from visiting Shimla.
We are not even remotely suggesting that the Media should not report the facts, but what we are observing is that Media should restrain from publishing material which may be construed as a message that tourists are either not welcome in the town or that the tourists should not visit the town."
Here are all the directions issued by the Court:
Whatsapp Group for regular updates and coordination on water supply in different zones
Surveillance of Keymen; recording of video of turning the key on and off
Immediate action on overflowing of water
Preparation of jingles
Elected representatives of corporation to be involved
Action against abuse of domestic connection
Timings to be notified for water distribution
No water tankers to individuals and VIPs
Drilling of water by private individuals
Disconnection of water to hotels with pending dues
Individual case of overflowing water tank
Timings of water distribution sole discretion of Municipal Corporation Committee
Monitoring of situation by the CM
Restraint by Media
The matter has now been listed on 11 June.