Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday pulled up the Chandigarh Administration and directed it to clear entire weed from Sukhna Lake within two weeks. The court said that it seemed that the officials of the UT Administration were not serious to save the Sukhna Lake. The court ordered the UT Chief Engineer to ensure that entire weed be removed from the lake.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government submitted an affidavit in the court in this matter and denied the possibilities to bring water from Patiala Ki Rao river to the Sukhna Lake. The affidavit has been filed by Punjab Drainage Circle, Patiala, Superintendent Engineer B P S Brar. It has been stated in the affidavit that the water of Patiala Ki Rao cannot be brought through Kansal rivulet to the Sukhna Lake. However, the court directed the Punjab to explore the possibilities to bring the water to the lake by laying pipeline.
The court summoned the Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, Finance Secretary and Chief Conservator of Forest during next date of hearing on September 22. The court directed them to give their suggestions to save the Sukhna Lake besides the steps which have been taken to save and preserve the lake. The court said that the lake is important for the people of Punjab and Haryana and a not alone Chandigarh.
A Division Bench comprising Justices A K Mittal and Ramendra Jain said that weed is the biggest threat to the lake. The Bench said that it is up to the UT Administration whether it wanted to get the weed removed itself or source out its the work.
Both the judges of the Bench, Amicus Curiae Tanu Bedi and advocate Reeta Kohli and others will visit the lake on September 20 to stock of the situation.
The High Court that said that it was serious to save the lake and directed the Administration that efforts should be made to completely fill the lake by the end of this year. The Division Bench directed the UT Chief Engineer to tell that how much water is needed to completely fill the lake. Besides, the Chief Engineer is also directed to tell the source to fill the lake during next date of hearing.
Meanwhile, the people have sent their suggestions to preserve and save the Sukhna Lake. During the hearing on Monday the amicus curiae advocate Tanu Bedi informed the court that she has got suggestions from several people. She said that a public notice was published on August 24 and requested that some more time should be given to the people in this matter. So, the High Court accepted the request of the amicus curiae and extended the time period for two weeks for seeking suggestions.
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