Two Punjab and Haryana high court judges visited the Sukhna Lake to get first hand information about the depleting water level and look out for the possibilities to restore the glory of the lake.
Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and justice Ramendra Jain visited the catchment area, sanctuary, the regulator end and took stock of ground situation for nearly two and a half hours. The high court initiated a suo motu petition in 2009, on a communication received, wherein it was alleged that waste water from Kaimbwala village was being discharged in the Sukhna Lake. Even though UT has been in denial, but it agreed to construct a sewer line. The order regarding the visit was passed on July 4 and hearing for the case is on August 9.
The judges first visited Kansal village, then to the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary. They inspected the check dams and went towards Kaimbwala side and took note of the filth coming from Saketri. The amicus curiae Tanu Bedi, senior advocate ML Sarin and counsel for Kansal residents Surya Parkash accompanied the judges, along with the counsel for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The high court in 2014 directed Chandigarh administration to check drainage of sewerage from Kaimbwala village and the channel carrying rainwater from the catchment area to Sukhna Lake. The high court had in July 2013 issued directions to the administration to ensure no garbage in catchment area.
The Chandigarh administration told Punjab and Haryana high court that proposed sewer line between Kaimbwala village and sector-8 on Madhya Marg stopping the flow of waste water from village into Sukhna Lake, was coming up. In August 2015, administration sought six months time from the court for construction of sewer line stating that a proposal has been mooted in this regard.
“The judges were explained about the leakages, they visited two dams, sanctuary and the regulator end,” said Sarin.