Uttarakhand High Court’s big decision to save Nainijheel, ban on construction in Sukhatal

Uttarakhand High Court Order on Sukhatal: The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday stayed the construction works related to beautification and revival of Sukhatal lake located in Nainital. The Sukhatal lake, which is filled with rain, also recharges the Nainijheel. A division bench of High Court Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe, considering a letter as a public interest litigation, fixed December 20 as the next date for hearing in the matter.

Sukhatal lake recharges Naini lake by 40-50%

Prohibiting all construction activities in the dry area around the lake, the court has issued notices implicating the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and the State Wetland Management Authority as parties. During the hearing, amicus curiae Kartikeya Harigupta told the court that hydrological studies have shown that Sukhatal lake recharges Naini lake by 40 to 50 per cent. He said that concrete is being laid at the base of the lake which is dangerous for both the lakes.

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Construction on dry lake will close the natural water source

Nainital resident Dr. GP Shah and many others had written a letter to the Chief Justice of the High Court saying that the natural water source of the lake would be closed due to the beautification work of Sukhatal. Sukhatal recharges Nainijheel and construction works are being done there in an unscientific manner. It was also said in the letter that people have also encroached on the lake due to which its surface area has reduced. This letter has been accepted by the High Court as a Public Interest Litigation.

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