Expressing concern over the depleting water level in the Sukhna Lake, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday said there was a need to make artificial arrangements to revive the water body.
“We can’t depend on rain god. Something will have to be done to get surplus water to the lake. You (Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh) will have to spend a little. Artificial arrangement of water is the only solution to save the lake. You install borewells and release water into the lake. Something like this needs to be done,” a bench of justices A K Mittal and Ramendra Jain said.
Two days after a high court team visited the lake, the HC bench sought help of tricity residents and come up with suggestions to “preserve the heritage” of the city.
“There is no petitioner, no respondent (in this matter). Including the court, there is no party in this case. Each one has given positive response,” the high court bench observed commenting on the “successful” visit in which counsels from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh had participated.
The high court bench exhorted the residents to submit their suggestions for revival of lake to amicus curiae, assisting the court in matter, Tanu Bedi at her email id: email@example.com and also asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure publicity for the cause.
The bench said the amicus curiae would compile all suggestions from residents and place it before the court by September 5. Then it will be deliberated upon and appropriate directions will be issued to all stakeholders.
The HC was hearing a suo motu petition initiated in 2009 on depleting water levels and increasing pollution in the lake.