Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating condition of Sukhna Lake,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the Chandigarh Administration to make immediate arrangements to release water from the check dams into it.
The High Court has given three days time to the administration to bring water to Sukhna Lake from check dams by siphoning,or by puncturing. The directions were passed during the resumed hearing of a PIL demanding protection of the lake from deterioration.
Chandigarh Newsline was the first to report that making arrangements to get water released from the check dams will hold the key to solving the water depletion problem of Sukhna. On June 27,the newspaper had reported that a study conducted by Society for Promotion and Conservation of Environment (SPACE) recommended that the water in the water bodies could help solve the problem of the Sukhna Lake. However,a mechanism needed to be found through which the water could be released in a regulated manner.
As the case came up for resumed hearing,a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh asked the counsel for the Chandigarh Administration as to why water could not be released from the check dams into the lake.
Responding to the query,the counsel for the Chandigarh Administration said as an experiment,they could try releasing water into the lake from four check dams. The bench then asked the Chandigarh Administration to do the needful in three days. The case will come up for resumed hearing on July 27 when the administration will apprise the court of the results of its experiments.
Earlier during the hearing,the bench was informed that both Punjab and Haryana had complied with the High Court orders,issued on the previous date of hearing,by deploying two JCBs each,along with a labour force of 200 men. Chief Conservator of Forest Santosh Kumar was present in the court. He suggested diversion of Patiala Ki Rao as it was on the higher side near Nayagaon. He added in all there were 48 water bodies feeding the lake. Healthy rain meant an increase in water level by half a metre in the lake. But this time,deficient rain had left the lake dry,he added.
The bench,on the previous date of hearing,had directed Punjab and Haryana to deploy 100 men each to pave the way for the water to reach the lake from the dams.