No water sports at Sukhna lake but an adventure carnival on the cards

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2015 12:05 IST

The UT administration officials, who had shown keen interest in organising a water sports carnival at Sukhna lake, about a week ago, have now decided not to hold any such event.

Keeping in view the sensitive character of the lake and sentiments of the city residents associated with it, the administration has decided not to indulge in any activity that could disturb serene and calm environment of the lake.

Initially the administration had planned to hold water sailing and water-zorbing activities, however no such event will be held now.

Confirming the development, UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said “Having a peculiar character of its own, Sukhna lake is very close to the hearts of the city residents. We don’t want to disturb its serene environment, which is the reason the decision has been withdrawn.”

Though the administration has decided not to hold water sports activities at Sukhna, it is going ahead with the adventure sports carnival at the Sector 34 exhibition ground from April 22 to April 25.

First-of-its-kind in the city, the event will have around 25 adventure activities including, bungee jumping, rock climbing, dirt tracks for motor biking and trampoline catapults.

The administration officials said considering the safety concern associated with the sport, a detailed plan was being chalked out to organise the event.

An agency is having a good experience in organising the sport will be hired to conduct the event. The administration is contemplating on launching pre-booking facility for schools and colleges.

Elaborating, Agarwal said, “Many cultural events will be held during the sports carnival, so everyone will be able to enjoy the event. Apart from several sports activities for children, events for grown-ups will also be held.”

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