Dry patches at Sukhna, UT admn banking on good monsoon

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2016 13:28 IST
A dried-up patch of Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

The water level of Sukhna Lake continues to decrease with the rise in temperature. The level is now lower than 1,157 feet, but the Chandigarh administration remains unfazed with the receding mark.

The ideal benchmark is of 1,163 feet. The authorities are looking forward to the monsoons to work out a strategy to tackle the drying up of the lake.

The administration last year had even come up with an action plan to tackle the issue of decreasing water level.

But this year the authorities are hardly bothered and no committee has been constituted to come up with suggestions.

Earlier, the Chandigarh administration used to get de-silting done but it hardly helped to improve the water situation. From last two years the level at the lake is going down.

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If the Chandigarh administration continues to depend upon good monsoons for increasing water level then the situation can get worse similar to one seen in 2012.

This year the drying up of lake has started from the regulator end. In fact, the departments of UT administration are passing the buck on each other and not acting in this direction.

The Sukhna Lake maintenance has been done for many years by Forest and Wild Life Department and now the Chandigarh engineering department is also being held responsible for it.

About three years back Sukhna conservation panel was constituted, but no meeting has been conducted ever since.

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