Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Chandigarh Administration to release water from check dams into the lake. The Bench directed authorities to get all dry patches in the Sukhna bed filled in three days.
As the case came up for resumed hearing, the High Court bench asked the Chandigarh Administration to explain why water could not be released from the check dams into the Lake. The counsel for the Chandigarh Administration said they could try releasing water into the Lake from four check dams as an experiment. Agreeing with this, the Bench asked the Chandigarh Administration to do the needful in three days either by siphoning or by puncturing.
Chief Conservator of Forests Santosh Kumar, who was present in the Court during the hearing, suggested diversion of Patiala Ki Roa as it was on a high location near Nayagaon. According to him, 48 water bodies feed the Lake. While healthy rain means increase in water level by half a meter, deficient monsoon this year left the Lake dry.
The Bench also refused to vacate the stay on construction in the Lake’s catchment area, even though a law officer for Punjab state had been demanding the same.
Earlier, the Bench was informed that both the States of Punjab and Haryana had complied with High Court orders issued on the previous date of hearing, by deploying two JCBs, along with a labour force of 100 men each for de-silting of the lake and the rivulets feeding it. The bench will be apprised of the results of the experiment on the next date of hearing on Friday.
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