SUKHNA LAKE

Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh India

Location Sector 1, Chandigarh – 160009 (PIN)

Coordinates 30°44′N 76°49′E

Type Reservoir

Basin countries India

Surface area 3 km²

Average depth Avg. 8 feet

Max. depth 16 feet

Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, India, is a reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik hills. This 3 km² rainfed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. To check the inflow of silt, 25.42 km² of land was acquired in the catchment area and put under vegetation. In 1974, the Choe was diverted and made to bypass the lake completely, the lake being fed by three siltation pots, minimising the entry of silt into the lake itself.

Sunset at Sukhna Lake

History 

Ducks at Sukhna Lake

The lake was created by Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma. To preserve its tranquility Corbusier insisted that it be forbidden to motor boats and the top of the dam (promenade) prohibited to vehicular traffic. The lake is fringed by a golf course to the south, and Nek Chand’s famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh to its west.

Source: Wikipedia 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhna_Lake

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