The CPM on Friday asked the Himachal Pradesh government to declare emergency in lieu of the shortage of water facing the state. It also asked that the government to direct the irrigation and public health department to provide portable water to the people.
At least 2,003 water supply schemes in the state are not working,resulting in the collapse of the water supply system. On the other hand,the schemes which are operational,are being handled by inadequate staff most of whom are unskilled, said Rakesh Singha,secretary of the state CPM committee.
The worst-affected areas are Shimla,Solan,Mandi and Bilaspur where people have not received water for weeks. Singha demanded that the government convenes a cabinet meeting to discuss the issue and recruits pump operators and other staff to help in the operation of the water schemes.
Several panchayats under the Narkanda Block have not received a drop of water for over a week. The party will launch a protest to highlight the inadequate steps taken by the government to solve the crisis, he added.