Hry gets cracking to clean Sukhna choe

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Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6

In a bid to ensure uninterrupted flow of water from the catchment area of Sukhna Lake during the monsoon, the Haryana Irrigation and Water Resources Department has started cleaning work on the Sukhna choe in its area on a large scale.

Two pocklanes, a JCB machine and other machinery have been engaged for cleaning the bed of the Sukhna choe to remove weeds, roots, shrubs, sludge, garbage and silt in a length of nearly 2 km of the choe so that the maximum water reaches Sukhna Lake.

VK Kamboj and Balraj Chauhan, Superintending Engineers, Deepak Kumar, SDO, and Munish Kumar, JE, were present at the site of work today. Chauhan said cleaning of the choe would also check the entry of pollutants into the lake. Over 20 people have been engaged for the cleaning work.

He said the work was executed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The cleaning operation would be carried out in the Haryana portion of the Sukhna choe near Saketri village and efforts would be made to complete it within a week.

Birender Singh, Engineer-in-Chief, has directed the officers concerned to complete the work in a time-bound manner. Haryana officers had offered to extend all help to revive the lake at a meeting of the committee of experts held recently. The Administration had requested the governments of Punjab and Haryana to clean the catchment areas falling in their respective domain.

Experts were of the view that because of encroachments in the catchment area, not much rainwater was coming into Sukhna Lake. They said the catchment area should be cleaned so that the lake received the maximum water during the monsoon.

News Courtesy : TOI,Tribune

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