Nainital : The Uttarakhand high court, hearing the matter of illegal construction in the Sukhatal lake, the division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe issued notices to State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and State Wetlands Management Authority.
The Court has directed the State to stop all construction activities in the Sukhatal lake bed area. The court fixed December 20 for the next hearing. Dr. Kartikey Hari Gupta, amicus curiae, informed the court that as per the hydrological studies, Sukhatal is a major source of water recharge for Nainital lake.
However, ignoring all scientific reports, a project report was prepared by IIT Roorkee for the so-called beautification of the area. The report is faulty and cannot be relied upon. he said.