The Environment Appraisals Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has agreed in principle to the construction of the Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh.

With this clearance, the work on the dam is expected to pick up and conclude in six years time.

Indiscriminate digging up of road sides in Himachal Pradesh are known to have posed dangers to many lives while driving on roads, but this time it has become responsible for aggravating Shimla's water problems. The telecom department, while laying its telephone cables, has damaged nearly 15 kilometres of main supply line of the drinking scheme, which was planned to solve the water crisis in the town.