Oct. 26, 2019

The Chandigarh administration issued a draft notification for declaring Sukhna Lake as a wetland under the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rule, 2017. Suggestions and objections have been invited from residents for the same.


  • Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is a reservoir at the foothills (Shivalik hills) of the Himalayas.

  • This rainfed lake was created in 1958 by Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills.

  • The catchment area of Sukhna Wetland spreading over 10,395 acres as finalised by the Survey of India includes 2,525 acres of Haryana and 684 acres of Punjab.

  • Declaring Sukhna a wetland will help preserve the lake and conserve its ecological and biodiversity. A major threat to Sukhna is the discharge of pollutants from neighbouring areas.

  • With this, various activities will be prohibited/regulated/ promoted both in the wetland as well catchment areas.