About 100 people staged a midnight sit-in protest outside the waterworks office on the main Mall Road on Sunday night. Following which chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday constituted a committee headed by chief secretary Vineet Chowdhary to monitor daily water supply.
The Himachal high court on Monday took suo moto cognizance of the crisis, after the local bar association stopped work citing the water problem.
The court asked municipal commissioner Rohit Jamwal and other municipal officials to appear in person on Tuesday to explain the reasons for the acute water shortage.
Brij Mohan Chauhan, president of Himachal Bar Association, said: “We haven’t seen such a situation in the last 20 years. The government has failed to provide even drinking water to people.”
Jamwal termed the situation unusual, but seemed to suggest that the crisis has been in the making for some time. He said over the past three summers, water availability had plunged to 29 or 30 million litres per day (MLD).