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Sukhna going dry: High-powered committee to meet tomorrow

The Punjab and Haryana high court bench of justices justices AK Mittal and HS Sidhu had given the directions for the meeting, during the resumed hearing of a suo motu petition on the rising pollution of the lake in 2009.

punjab Updated: May 26, 2017 11:08 IST
HT Correspondent
The lake has shrunk to a depth of around 1.75 feet against the required depth of 10 feet.
The lake has shrunk to a depth of around 1.75 feet against the required depth of 10 feet.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

A high-powered panel of officials from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and scientists from central government ministries will meet on Saturday to discuss the issue of drying up of the Sukhna Lake.

The lake has shrunk to a depth of around 1.75ft against the required depth of 10 ft.

The Punjab and Haryana high court bench of justices justices AK Mittal and HS Sidhu had given the directions for the meeting, during the resumed hearing of a suo motu petition on the rising pollution of the lake in 2009.

Anurag Aggarwal, secretary engineering department UT, Rahul Tiwari, secretary, irrigation department, Punjab and RS Verma, secretary, irrigation and water resources, Haryana are on the panel. The panel meets on Saturday at the UT Guest House and if required, could visit the lake as well.

TO DISCUSS USE OF JCBS

The HC has asked the committee members to discuss suggestions which came up during hearing including pressing in JCBs from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to remove silt and other suggestions on long term and short term measures received from expert groups as well as tricity residents.

The water level at the lake has gone down drastically and the officials fear that the lake may dry up by June 30, if there are no rains. During Thursday’s hearing, justice AK Mittal, senior judge on the division bench, who had undertaken a visit on one of these days to lake, himself said that chances are that JCBs/ bulldozers might not be the solution for now as there were wet patches which may make it difficult to remove the silt.

Senior Standing counsel, UT, Suvir Sehgal, who had also visited lake earlier this week along with officials informed the court that fresh surveys indicated that removing silt through JCBs would not be possible at this stage due to wetness.