The South Delhi Municipal Corporation informed the court that the lake was formed due to accumulation of discharge from a nearby unauthorized colony and said it is about two kilometres long, 300m wide and 10ft deep. The corporation suggested that a water
treatment plant be set up in the area by DJB so that the water can be used for horticulture purposes.
Earlier, HC had pulled up MoEF for failing to collect samples from the waterbody and submit a report on contamination.
HC's orders came on a PIL filed by advocate Manoj Kumar seeking clean water for animals and birds in the city. Kumar alleged that the animals and birds in the capital are being deprived of clean water to drink.
The petition stated that water treatment plants should be set up to save birds, animals, trees and the environment. It cited the example of forested area in Tughlaqabad saying water from the artificial lake was killing monkeys,
peacocks, deer and birds.