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The Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed the state government to file a status report on the shortage of drinking water supply in Shimla. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition taken up suo motu by the HC as public interest litigation on the basis of news items published in various news papers regarding supply of contaminated water in the Shimla city.
The news reports even suggested that sewage had mixed with water being supplied to the residents, which had created an epidemic like situation in the city. It was also reported that jaundice and other water-borne diseases were engulfing the people of the town and the number of the affected was on the increase day by day.
The High Court directed the authorities to file fresh status report within two weeks. The matter was posted for fresh hearing on November 21.