The UT Administration informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday that it was going to replace the existing sewer line of Kaimbwala village with a wider diameter sewer line to connect it with Chandigarh’s main sewer line.
A special division bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Augustine George Masih was informed that this exercise would help in checking the release of sewer by Kaimbwala villagers into Sukhna Choe which further carries water, along with that from the catchment area, into Sukhna Lake.
The high court had taken suo motu notice of the depletion in water level in Sukhna Lake in 2009 and since then had been monitoring the case.
The high court has now granted six months’ time to the administration to complete its work and submit the action taken report.
Amicus curiae in the case, advocate Tanu Bedi, had pointed out that villagers of Kaimbwala were discharging sewer water into Sukhna choe which finally reached the Sukhna Lake.
The court was also informed by the Chandigarh Administration that the Kaimbwala residents were being persuaded not to flow waste water into Sukhna Choe and to use the same for irrigation of their agricultural land.
During the arguments of the case, the Punjab government’s counsel also raised the issue of stay put on by the high court on any kind of construction in the catchment area including Kansal and nearby villages.
Contesting the case, the counsel submitted that the stay on construction activities in the area was interfering with the area’s development.
But the division bench said that it could not pass any orders on the issue as the case was pending with the Delhi High Court on the directions of the Supreme Court and for any further orders, it was wise to wait for the final outcome of the case pending in the Delhi High Court.
The case would now come up for hearing on January 15.