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Acute drinking water shortage in ancient sage’s home

Residents of Parashar, where the Rishi Parashar temple draws a large number of pilgrims, are facing an acute shortage of potable water. Visitors have been left with no option but to drink contaminated water from the nearby lake.

punjab Updated: Apr 08, 2014 12:46 IST
Roop Upadhyay

Residents of Parashar, where the Rishi Parashar temple draws a large number of pilgrims, are facing an acute shortage of potable water.


Visitors have been left with no option but to drink contaminated water from the nearby lake. The temple and lake are located nearly 50 km from Mandi at a height of 8,000 feet above sea level.

Amar Chand, the temple pujari (priest), said: “The area remains under snow from November to mid-March and residents use it for drinking water. Supply of potable water usually resumes every March but this year the irrigation & public health department failed to restore the supply.”

Meanwhile, Rajnish, an assistant engineer in the department, said the water booster pump was damaged following a heavy snowfall and repairs were underway. “Supply would be restored soon”, he stated.


It may be mentioned here that health minister Kaul Singh Thakur has represented the area in the state assembly for the past 35 years.