People awaiting vacation of stay on construction activities in Kansal village of Punjab and the adjoining areas falling in the debatable catchment area of Sukhna Lake will have to wait for some more time till the pendency of the Chandigarh administration’s case before the Supreme Court (SC).
Though the case came up for hearing before the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih on Friday, the court said since the high court’s interim order of August 21, 2013, had been challenged before the SC, no orders could be passed here.
The case is scheduled for hearing before the SC on April 22.
The high court had on May 14, 2012, put stay on construction activity in the catchment area of Sukhna Lake. It had later on August 21, 2013, given clearance to the controversial multi-crore Tata Camelot Housing Project with high- rise buildings to come up in Kansal that falls under the catchment area. But for construction in rest of the catchment area the stay was not vacated.
It was then that the high court’s orders coming in favour of the Tata Camelot project were challenged before the SC by the Chandigarh administration and the case is pending since then for adjudication.
Appearing for the central government, advocate Onkar Singh Batalvi informed the court that asked by the court earlier, National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) at Roorkee had informed that the study report about Sukhna Lake which it had submitted to the Chandigarh administration earlier was the final report. However, it was also informed that the officers of the administration were not taking due interest in finding solution to the depletion of water level of Sukhna Lake as not even a single officer had till date visited the NIH to discuss on the issue.
KUMAR BROTHERS MADE PARTY
The court also allowed the application moved by the Kumar Brothers to become party in the case.
Appearing for them, senior advocate Kanwaljit Singh informed the court that they had taken due permission to come up with flats in Kansal village, but they were also affected due to stay on construction activities.
SEWERAGE IN WATER CHANNEL
The high court directed the Chandigarh administration to check drainage of sewerage from Kaimbwala village of Chandigarh into the channel carrying rainwater from the catchment area to Sukhna Lake. The high court had in July last year issued directions to the administration to ensure no garbage or litter in catchment area and to check the flow of sewage. But amicus curiae (friend of court) advocate Tanu Bedi informed the court on Friday that the ground situation had not improved even after court orders.
The case has now been adjourned for next hearing to July 18.