Shimla, Jun 2: Shimla Police on Saturday registered a case against the driver of a water tanker for allegedly hitting a woman, who was declared brought dead by the hospital, at Mall Road earlier in the day. The incident comes at a time when Himachal Pradesh’s capital city is facing water crisis.

The police have registered a case against the driver of water tanker under sections 304 and 279 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), reported news agency ANI.

The woman, identified as Uma Keprate, was declared brought dead by Indira Gandhi Medical College administration. She was a resident of Chotta Shimla and hailed from Chadyana village in Rowlakiarin, Kotkhai. The accident happened at a time when she was walking on the Mall road along with her daughter-in-law and grand children. Her head reportedly collided with the railings causing serious injuries in neck, head and chest.

The driver was arrested by Shimla police. He is said to have had a history of epilepsy, reports claim.

Shimla Water Crisis

Shima, a famous tourist destination, has been facing acute water crisis since many days. The situation is so worse that the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the state government and the Shimla Municipal Corporation to not allow any water supply for building construction and car washing. Meanwhile, the Centre also had sought a report on the matter from the state government.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur has directed to suspend Sub-Divisional Officer of Municipal Corporation, Shimla for negligence in water distribution in city.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed that the water level in the traditional water resources in Shimla has gone down. “This year we have received less snowfall & rain in Himachal Pradesh. The water level in the traditional water resources in Shimla has gone down. The water level which was around 36 MLD (Millions of Liters Per Day) in 2015 has gone down to 22 MLD this year,” he said.

Adding further, he asserted that the increasing population of Shimla is leading to such crisis. As quoted by ANI, he said, “It’s tourist season & population of Shimla has also increased leading to such crisis.Our govt took measures to resolve the issue. Yesterday’s rain has brought some relief as the water level has increased to 28.4 MLD (Millions of Liters Per Day).”

Protests continue in the city over the crisis. The Congress activists and the locals have taken to roads to express their anger. Meanwhile, a message, pleading the tourists to stay away from the hill town, is going viral on the internet.

As per the officials, the reason behind the acute water shortage in the city is due to scanty rains and less snowfall this year.