Punjab will fill dried up Sukhna Lake?

Dried Up Sukhna Lake

Chandigarh: To save nearly dried-up Sukhna Lake, Punjab has offered to divert water from an 18-foot-wide canal on the western side of the lake.

Taking note of the offer, the High Court has asked the Chandigarh Administration to examine it before submitting a concrete proposal before the Bench.

The developments before a Division Bench of the High Court took place after a senior advocate appearing for one of the parties referred to the affidavit. Appearing before the Bench, senior advocate Rajiv Atma Ram submitted that the state of Punjab, in its affidavit, had stated that there was an 18-foot-wide canal at the western side of the lake and water from it could be diverted to Sukhna Lake.

It was further submitted that the water could be diverted through another canal, the cost of which would be borne by Punjab. Responding to the suggestion, the amicus curiae or the friend of the court, Tanu Bedi, pointed out that the proposal had already been incorporated in the suggestions received from the people and had already been taken on record.

Earlier during the proceedings, Rajiv Atma Ram told the Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Ramendra Jain that a 24-inch pipeline from Mohali to Sukhna Lake had been laid for pumping rainwater around 15 years ago. It was still in existence.

Bedi has already also placed on record a comprehensive report on the basis of suggestions received by her and senior advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin from people on saving the lake.

The Bench had, on a previous date of hearing, invited suggestions from residents. The people were asked to forward their views to Sarin and Bedi before being analysed and placed before the Bench.

The High Court had, nearly four years ago, suggested diverting the surplus water from the city to it. The Bench had asked the counsel for the Chandigarh Administration to explore the feasibility of diverting the surplus water in December and January to the lake.