In order to decide the dispute pertaining to the catchment area of Sukhna Lake,the Chandigarh Administration has sought the original copy of the map of catchment area defined and revalidated by the Survey of India. The map was sought after a meeting recently held by officials of the Chandigarh Administration.
As per available information,it was in 1996 when the Survey of India had defined the catchment area and had revalidated the same in 2006. A coordination committee was constituted by the UT Administration following directions passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Expressing deep concern over the fact that the condition of Sukhna Lake is worsening,the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the UT Administration to appoint a senior officer who will be accountable for problems pertaining to the lake.
The High Court had observed that the situation is worsening and requisite attention is not being devoted on the issue. One of the reasons appear to be absence of any specific authority accountable for the purpose. It may be necessary for UT to forthwith assign responsibility of conservation and management of the lake to a senior officer accountable for the purpose who may have direct access to the highest decision making authority in UT and may interact with such other authorities as may be considered necessary,the Court on the last date of
hearing had ruled.
The directions had been passed during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) arising out of a suo motu notice taken by the High Court.