With Sukhna Lake closed for visitors following the bird flu scare, morning and evening walkers, vendors, visitors and tourists are flocking Rose Garden in Sector 16 like never before.
A visit to the Rose Garden this weekend revealed a lot more rush in comparison to the regular weekends.
Not only the tourists and visitors switched over from Sukhna Lake to Rose garden, but also the vendors who used to make quick money at the lake by offering snacks and other eateries.
Veerpal, who has been selling "chatpata channa" at the lake to the visitors for the last 10 years, said, "I have never seen such a quiet lake all these years. No doubt the ban has affected my day-to-day earnings, but I still miss being at the lake." He added the sale was relatively less at Rose Garden than what it used to be at the lake, but till the ban gets over he would keep selling the quick snack at the Rose Garden.
Suresh Kumar, an artist who has been carving sketches of the visitors at the Sukhna Lake for around five years, has also shifted base to Rose Garden these days. Suresh, who has studied from Lucknow Arts College, said ever since the ban at the lake, he was sitting idle.
"But now from the last two days, I have started coming to Rose Garden and making sketches of the visitors here. Like us, I think the tourists are also coming to Rose Garden as an option to Sukhna Lake."
The gardeners at the Rose Garden also said these days the footfall to the garden has increased. "It can be credited to the blooming of roses at the garden or to the ban at Sukhna," they added.
Rukhmani, a visitor from Bengal, said, "We have come to Chandigarh for holidays. We were guided to go to the Rose Garden and were told that you will not be able to see Sukhna Lake this time due to the ban owing to the bird flu scare."
The morning and evening walkers have already switched over to different options such as Leisure valley and Rose Garden, besides green belts in their respective sectors.