Nothing could be more distressing because this comes from an institution that was created to protect the rights of the people. Le Corbusier had envisioned the water body as a major tourist attraction of the city The Lake was planned in the late s, alongside Chandigarh, with the twin objectives of creating a recreation centre as well as to tame the Sukhna choe seasonal rivulet flowing down from the Shivalik ranges and causing floods during the monsoon.
The choe passes through area of union territory Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab before merging with Ghaggar river. The Bench also made clear its intent to personally inspect the site.
The Bench, on the previous date of hearing, had referred to the news report before asking the State of Haryana to respond. Ten days ago the UT started releasing the water into the lake and claimed that 5 inches of water level would increase in one month.
The prohibited activities include any kind of encroachment, setting up of industry, expansion of existing industries, solid waste dumping, discharge of untreated waste and effluents from industries, cities, towns, villages and other human settlements, poaching and any construction of a permanent nature, except for boat jetties within 50 metres from the mean high flood level observed in the past 10 years.
The seasonal river originates in the Shivalik Hills of Himachal Pradesh and flows through Punjab and Haryana before entering Rajasthan.
The lake is shrinking rapidly due to siltation and lack of inflow. He passed away in and as per his will, his niece brought his ashes to the Lake.