Surgical work cannot save Sukhna, says HC panel

May 29, 2017 07:13 AM

Chandiugarh: Members of the committee appointed by the high court on ways to save the Sukhna Lake from drying up have expressed displeasure with efforts made by the UT administration so far. The committee has officials from Punjab and Haryana, too, besides scientists from ministries of water resources and forest.

Their meeting on Saturday at the UT guest house was presided over by the UT's secretary, engineering and home, Anurag Aggarwal; and they also undertook a visit to the lake. It is learnt the scientists from the central ministries and also the officials of Punjab and Haryana were of the view that de-silting should be started immediately and silt be pushed towards the banks to make a band. But UT's officials were against the de-silting work due to the wetness as of now.

The UT administration also proposed that it would approach Punjab and Haryana for manpower and machinery to clear the weeds and silt. However, Punjab sought to know as to who would bear the expenses.

The issue of getting 2 MGD (million gallons daily) water from the Bhakra canal was also discussed in which UT proposes to divert water to the lake between November and February as potable water demand goes down at the time. However, a final decision was not taken.

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