As people of Shimla are grappling with jaundice, district administration on Monday banned sale of ‘Golgappas’ (paani puri), ‘momos’ and other eatables, in open in the town.
Shimla deputy commissioner Dinesh Malhotra announced the ban during a meeting with officials.
Malhotra said all natural water sources in the areas from where jaundice cases have been reported will be sealed.
He urged people to drink only tap water, adding that more public taps would be installed in the town soon.
He also asked all ‘dhaba’ owners to provide boiled water to their customers.
“Many ‘golgappa’ sellers have installed their makeshift booths near Mall Road, besides vendors keep selling eatables in different areas of the town on rehris, which will now be banned,” he said.
District administration also urged Shimla residents to clean their water storage tanks. Malhotra directed irrigation and public health (IPH) officials to check the water supply regularly. “Regular sampling should be done at various places to check the water quality. Besides, proper chlorination of water should also be done,” he said.
District administration would also send teams comprising health officials to sensitise people about jaundice. “People need to take precautions in such situations. We will send health officials in different areas to make people aware,” he said.
Free clean water at Vikasnagar
Deputy commissioner Dinesh Malhotra also decided to provide clean water from water dispensing machine installed at Vikasnagar - outer area of Shimla town - free of cost. Earlier, people had to avail water by spending 50 paise per litre.