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Wildbuzz: Robber of shikar booty

The harrier, a migratory bird that winters in the region’s wetlands such as the Sukhna lake and Motemajra, steals prey from not only shikaris but also avian predators
A harrier scoops a Gadwall duck from the Keshopur Chhamb, Gurdaspur.(PHOTO: VISHESH KAMBOJ)
A harrier scoops a Gadwall duck from the Keshopur Chhamb, Gurdaspur.(PHOTO: VISHESH KAMBOJ)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByVikram Jit Singh

Wildbuzz: An isle of hope at Sukhna

A small island that has appeared in the Sukhna lake is keeping birds happy even as butterflies are being choosy about the plants they flutter around
Resident birds enjoying the artificial isle at Sukhna lake.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Resident birds enjoying the artificial isle at Sukhna lake.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2020 10:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByVikram Jit Singh

Witerati: Much ado about modaks, masks & muted Onam sadhyas

Come Corona’s season of Onam and Ganeshotsav, and the dilemma driving denizens is -- to do or not to do neighbourhood jollifications
In times of coronavirus, to partake of the neighbourhood pujas or sadhyas or not is the million-modak question.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In times of coronavirus, to partake of the neighbourhood pujas or sadhyas or not is the million-modak question.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 02:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByChetna Keer

HT Chandigarh Our Take: Why tricity needs a coordinated lockdown

It’s time for tricity authorities to come together to thrash out a solution to control the spread of Covid-19, at the same time ensuring that uniform rules are imposed in all areas with minimum losses to businesses
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Published on Aug 30, 2020 02:06 AM IST
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Sukhna floodgates opened after heavy rain in Chandigarh

Two of the lake’s three floodgates were opened early on Sunday with no confirmation on when these would be closed
Water flows over a bridge in Chandigarh’s Bapudham colony and traffic is held up after heavy weekend showers led to a rise in levels of the Sukhna Lake and streams nearby.(Keshav Singh)
Water flows over a bridge in Chandigarh’s Bapudham colony and traffic is held up after heavy weekend showers led to a rise in levels of the Sukhna Lake and streams nearby.(Keshav Singh)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 12:16 PM IST
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HT Readers’ Take: We would rather be safe than visit Sukhna Lake on weekends

All measures to control the transmission of Covid 19 must be welcomed and followed by the citizens, even if it means no lake visits on weekends because normalcy needs to be restored at any cost, and quickly, say readers
The Chandigarh administration has closed Sukhna Lake to the public on weekends.(Keshav Singh/HT)
The Chandigarh administration has closed Sukhna Lake to the public on weekends.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2020 11:52 PM IST
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No sense in denying people the joys of weekends at Sukhna Lake

At a time when smart thinking and planning is needed, keeping the lake out of bounds for visitors on weekends does not serve the purpose of reducing the rate of infections as no evidence exists of people contracting Covid-19 while visiting this place
People enjoying shikara boating at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
People enjoying shikara boating at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2020 09:36 PM IST
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Token system at Sukhna, other popular spots likely

Crowds at popular spots in Chandigarh are making health and administrative officials jittery as social distancing and other safety norms are not being followed, underlining the need for restricting entry
Walkers at Sukhna Lake after lockdown restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak were eased.(HT photo)
Walkers at Sukhna Lake after lockdown restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak were eased.(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2020 11:24 PM IST
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WILDBUZZ: O! To be a wagtail, skipping stones on the blue Indus

As summer deepens in the tricity, many of our wonderful migratory birds disappear from our lives. Birds like the debonair Bar-headed goose or the proverbial golden girl, the Citrine wagtail, are no longer to be seen at the Sukhna lake and other wetlands.
A Citrine wagtail steps and skips across summery stones at the Indus river, Spituk village, Ladakh.(PHOTO: CHOLDAN GASHA)
A Citrine wagtail steps and skips across summery stones at the Indus river, Spituk village, Ladakh.(PHOTO: CHOLDAN GASHA)
Published on Jun 20, 2020 08:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByVikram Jit Singh

Covid-19 effect: Cycling now trending among Chandigarh fitness enthusiasts

Bicycle sales are increasing, old machines are coming in for repairs as people take to cycling with a vengeance after lockdown restrictions ease
There’s been a surge in cycling enthusiasts in the city after easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.(Keshav Singh/HT)
There’s been a surge in cycling enthusiasts in the city after easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 08:20 PM IST
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75% drop in footfall at Rock Garden, Sukhna

Capitol Complex, a world heritage site that sees on an average 50 visitors daily, has not seen a single foreign tourist in the past couple of days.
Rock Garden wearing a deserted look on Saturday. Only 3,000 tickets were sold during the day, down from 12,000 daily. At Sukhna Lake, too, just 170 people went for boating, down from 500.(HT PHOTO)
Rock Garden wearing a deserted look on Saturday. Only 3,000 tickets were sold during the day, down from 12,000 daily. At Sukhna Lake, too, just 170 people went for boating, down from 500.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 15, 2020 12:44 AM IST
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Chandigarh admn sets the ball rolling to save Sukhna

Tender floated for 2MLD sewage treatment plant near Kishangarh
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Updated on Mar 10, 2020 12:40 AM IST
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Residents vow to fight HC order on demolitions in Sukhna catchment area

A week after the Punjab and Haryana high court ordered demolition of all constructions in the catchment area of Sukhna Lake, more than 2,500 residents of affected areas held a meeting in Kansal on Sunday and decided to fight the orders. Calling it a “cold-hearted” judgment, Kansal residents’ welfare association president HS Oberoi said: “Does the court has any idea where the residents will go if their houses are demolished? We will fight this decision.
Residents of areas that face demolitions following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s order attending a meeting in Kansal on Sunday. Around 2,000 families are expected to be affected in Kansal alone.
Residents of areas that face demolitions following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s order attending a meeting in Kansal on Sunday. Around 2,000 families are expected to be affected in Kansal alone.
Published on Mar 09, 2020 12:03 AM IST
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Spent life’s earnings on houses, where will we go now: Residents in Sukhna catchment area

High court order on demolition of all structures has come as a shock for them
One of the villages which falls under the Sukhna catchment area and has illegal constructions.(HT FILE)
One of the villages which falls under the Sukhna catchment area and has illegal constructions.(HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 04, 2020 01:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mohali | ByIdrees Bukhtiyar/Deepinder Singh, Mohali

HC to hear petitions on drying up of Sukhna Lake daily

Matters on construction in catchment area also to be taken up
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Published on Jan 16, 2020 12:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByHT Correspondent, Chandigarh

Body of 28-year-old man recovered from Sukhna

A resident of Sector 22, Arun used to work at a factory in industrial area; had left house saying that he was going to play cricket
Published on Jan 15, 2020 12:58 AM IST
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Illegal construction still on in Sukhna catchment: Sarin to Punjab & Haryana high court

Senior advocate ML Sarin said that he and other lawyers, on court directions, have made a number of visits to Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake area and also submitted their reports in this regard
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Published on Nov 26, 2019 12:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

UT administration denies permission to high-rise buildings in CHB project at Chandigarh IT Park

Administration said the master plan did not allow high-rise buildings in the city, and cited its firm stand against Tata Camelot project in the Sukhna catchment area
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Updated on Nov 07, 2019 12:35 AM IST
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Vivek Gupta, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Pierre Jeanneret-inspired wooden boat to start sailing on Sukhna from October 1

French artistes Pierrick Mounton and Benoit Santiard will be bringing back to life the ‘Pedalo wooden boat’, which would soon sail on the Sukhna lake. The boat was originally designed by French architect Pierre Jeanneret. The reconstruction of the boat is part of the project initiated by Mounton and Santiard, ‘Building Chandigarh’, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise.
An old picture of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in a wooden boat at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
An old picture of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in a wooden boat at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2019 12:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByRachna Verma, Chandigarh

27 crore sewage treatment plant to be set up in Zirakpur village

The shifting of Dhakoli police station to Sanoli village near Delhi Public School (DPS) was also approved.
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Updated on Aug 31, 2019 12:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mohali | By, Mohali

Panchkula MC chief denies sewage spillage in Sukhna lake

He submitted that in order to stop the flow of sewage into Sukhna, the MC has constructed four check dams on the drain that holds the wastewater to ensure that it did not flow into the lake.
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Updated on Aug 27, 2018 05:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Panchkula | ByYuvraj Kaushal, Panchkula

Wildbuzz: Nagar ke khaas mehmaan

The Black bittern and Sirkeer malkoha are two birds that range across the Sukhna lake jungles but are difficult to discern.
A Black bittern.(Gur Simrat Singh)
A Black bittern.(Gur Simrat Singh)
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 10:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByVikram Jit Singh

BTW: The charm of being sad in Chandigarh

Being sad in Chandigarh is a comfortable thought. The wide open spaces are swept in all months by a constant breeze that makes it seem possible to just float; float, not swim.
Sukhna Lake seems to relive her birth every monsoon, and thereby tells you that nothing is permanent. Not even your sadness.(HT Photo)
Sukhna Lake seems to relive her birth every monsoon, and thereby tells you that nothing is permanent. Not even your sadness.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2018 07:08 PM IST
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