GOVERNMENT OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
IRRIGATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

HAND PUMPS PROGRAMME

Although Hand Pumps usually do not provide coverage of a habitation, (due to limitation of rigs operating along road-sides only) they are supplementing the existing piped water supply and have been installed in drought prone areas, areas of acute water scarcity and other problematic areas and the areas where tankers have been deployed in recent years at huge financial cost.
Hand Pump programme has been great success in mitigating the peoples misery due to shortage of drinking water in different pockets of drought prone and acute water scarcity areas.
The programme was started during 1991-92 and a total of 33471 hand pumps have been installed in the Pradesh upto March-2016. Year wise details of Hand Pumps installed in the drought prone area in the Himachal Pradesh.

Year Nos. of Hand Pumps installed
1991-92 323
1992-93 789
1993-94 1496
1994-95 1000
1995-96 1001
1996-97 809
1997-98 1027
1998-99 792
1999-2000 1019
2000-2001 1148
2001-02 1077
2002-03 1570
2003-04 1057
2004-05 639
2005-06 269
2006-07 595
2007-08 852
2008-09 2188
2009-10 3007
2010-11 2713
2011-12 2761
2012-13 2762
2013-14 2084
2014-15 1241
2015-16 1252
Total: 33471