Shimlas water woes,especially during the summers,has always been an issue of intense public attention. The towns 120-year-old civic body has been put under tremendous pressure and has eventually been forced to ration its water. But Shimlas water crisis is not a new phenomenon,as is revealed by a newly launched coffee table book called Heritage Simla Water Supply. The book illustrates how even the Britishers,who had chosen Shimla as their summer capital,had struggled hard to maintain the water supply for its 40,000-strong population.
The coffee table book,the second about Shimla released after Har Ghar Kucch Kehta hai,traces little known facts of Shimlas water supply scheme dating back to 1880. In fact,the intricate design of the scheme and its distribution network has been described as a commendable engineering feat.
The history of Shimlas water supply is not only an engineering marvel,but also provides some amazing empirical data. Through the coffee table book,we will try to present the data,some of the rare archival documents,letters,reports,notes and official correspondence retrieved from old records of the Shimla MC after nearly four years of search, says Arun Sharma,Shimlas Deputy Commissioner and Director (Tourism).