State pollution control board member-secretary Nagin Nanda told news agencies that a notice has been issued to Wildflower Hall hotel for discharging sewage into a natural nallah in forests adjoining the hotel
He said the discharge from the hotel is contaminating drinking water sources of more than 12 villages located in the hotel vicinity.
Nanda said the pollution control board officials, acting on the complaint of the villagers, found that the hotel was discharging the treated sewage water, meant for irrigating hotel gardens, into the nallah.
“We have collected water and soil samples from the nearby villages and found that these are getting contaminated due to discharge of effluents,” he said.
Wildflower Hall general manager Robert Mason was quoted by the agencies saying, “We have not received any notice from the government.”
Wildflower Hall, at Charabra on the outskirts of state capital Shimla is sought after by high-end tourists, celebrities and politicians. This super luxury resort in the Himalayas has been awarded many international awards in the past noticeable among them being the Favourite Overseas Hotel Spa, Asia & the Indian Subcontinent, Ranked 2nd by the Conde Nast Traveller, UK, 2010.