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With every passing day, the Union Territory of Chandigarh is adding more real estate projects to its kitty. These property projects are coming up on the bordering areas if the city and act as a connecting link between the city and its neighboring area. Many private property developers are exploring options to foray in the city’s real estate segment.

Real estate developer Emaar MGF Land has just launched an integrated township for Mohali. The township spread over 3,000 acres will have independent houses prices between Rs 36 – 38 lakh respectively. These villas offer Andalusian, Mediterranean and Spanish architecture for its users.

Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has launched some of the most promising projects recently. The CHB tied up with Parsvnath Developers Limited to develop a housing complex near the Rajiv Gandhi IT Park. Parsvnath has built another mega project in collaboration with CHB. Named as Parsvnath Prideasia, this residential township will come up amidst Sukhna Lake, golf course, and an upcoming five star hotel. It has saleable residential area of 38.5 lakh sq ft and a commercial area of 2.7 lakh sq ft.

Another real estate developer, Omaxe, has a premium project called Omaxe Greens along the Dera Bassi Road. Omaxe Greens has 652 spacious apartments in 11 housing blocks.

Property developer, Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd has built residential units along the Kharar-Landran Road in Chandigarh. These apartments are located strategically near the Mohali Golf Course and the IT institutes.

Besides residential real estate, the hospitality industry is also doping good in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has announced to set up a five-star hotel on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. The corporation is in talks with Hilton, ITC, Marriot and Radisson groups to set up this project.

Sukhna Lake  in Chandigarh, India is an artificial lake at the foothills of 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.

The creation of the lake was one of the greatest gift from Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma to the city of Chandigarh. 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.

Sukhna is an inseparable part of the city of Chandigarh. Le Corbusier had foreseen that the residents of the city would be drawn it for the ‘care of the body and spirit’. The city planners were deeply attached to the lake. So much so that Pierre Jeanneret’s ashes were immersed in the lake in 1970 as per his wishes by his niece.

The lake, which was the venue for the Asian Rowing Championships, has the longest channel for rowing and yachting events in Asia. It also has facilities for other water sports like water surfing, skiing and skulling.

Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks and Cranes, during the winter months. The lake has been declared as a protected national wetland by the Government of India.

During summers, there are streams of men, women and children from all walks of life offering voluntary service to desilt the lake bed for about three months. This annual ritual has been a regular feature since long ago.

Sukhna Lake is the venue for many festive celebrations too. The most popular is the Mango Festival held during the monsoons when scores of varieties of mangoes are on display. From time-to-time other food festivals, featuring specialities from different Indian States, are also held here, along with cultural performances.