Ban on entry at Sukhna Lake: visitors disappointed

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 17:21 IST

The Sukhna Lake, one of the main tourist destinations of the city, wore a deserted look on Thursday following the UT administration’s ban on the entry after the confirmation of death of one of the geese due to the avian influenza. The Lake Club remained closed and ban was also imposed on boating and rafting since Wednesday.

Many morning and evening walkers, who reached the lake for their stroll, were not allowed to enter by cops following the orders.

Regular walkers to the lake also felt bad about the reports that the geese were being cull-ed. “We will miss their beautiful sight and sound that used to perfectly gel with the beauty of the lake,”said one of the walkers.

The visitors to the lake were not even allowed to enter inside the lake premises during the day. A visit to the lake revealed tourists had come from London, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and other far flung areas. But, as they descended outside the lake in their vehicles, they were left disappointed after cops did not allow them to enter. This is perhaps for the first time in the recent past that the entry to the lake was banned due to the fear of bird flu.

Rashmi Jain, a resident of Sector 8, a regular morning walker, said, “As it’s my rou-tine to go out for the morning walk at the lake, I was surprised when cops stopped me from entering inside the lake premises.”

Joginder Singh, a resident of Sector 7, said that geese were the main attraction at the lake and the news reports that they were being culled following the detection of the avian influenza in a goose, was really sad.

Out of bounds till further orders

The lake and its vicinity will remain out of bounds for the public till further orders. The experts said as of now, there was no fear to geese at the Golf Club or in its vicinity. “Migratory birds are said to be unaffected by the avian flu so far,” said SDM (central) Prince Dhawan.

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