Chandigarh, May 18
With the monsoon barely a month away, the UT administration has sped up desilting at the Sukhna lake, with men and machines working all night to remove the maximum silt.

The move comes following the recent installation of CCTV cameras to keep a watch on the progress of desilting.

Though all machines and equipment used during the day cannot be used at night owing to technical hitches and manpower, dumpers are being used at night to remove silt from the lakebed near the regulator end.

The silt is being transported to pre-designated points in the city. To facilitate workers at night, the regulator end has been lit with haloge bulbs and lights mounted on pillars.

“We are confident of removing more than the target amount of silt. Working at night has benefits. The silt removed from the lakebed can easily be transported to the city, with no traffic on roads,” said Sanjay Kumar, Finance Secretary-cum-engineering department head.

Sources claimed that desilting would come to a standstill with the onset of the monsoon as machines could get stuck.

As of now, the target was 2.5 lakh cubic feet per 24 hours. During the last 24 hours, around 2.35 lakh cubic feet of silt was removed.

The administration had been facing an uphill task in removing 80 lakh cubic feet of silt from a 72-acre dry patch at the regulator end.

Though officials maintained that this task would be accomplished in three to five years, it was, in all likelihood, expected to take longer.

Source: Smriti Sharma Vasudeva Tribune News Service