After remaining out of bounds for visitors for a month, Sukhna Lake will re-open for the public from Monday onwards. On the occasion of the re-opening of the lake, a morning walk will be organised at 6:30am and the UT administration has invited all residents of the tri-city and visitors to take part in the event.
The administration had closed the lake as a precautionary measure after a dead geese tested positive flu.
Over the past month, 66 cops had been deployed round the clock at the the entry points to the lake.
UT adviser Vijay Dev will declare open the lake with other officials also expected to participate. The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has made all the arrangements for the event and a police band will also perform.
However, the authorities have decided that the boating facilities will remain closed till March.
Surinder Kaur (67), a retired schoolteacher, who is regular morning walker at the lake, said, “I am happy that the lake has been reopened for the public. The administration’s efforts need to be appreciated.”
The presence of the H5N1 virus (bird flu) was confirmed in a sample from one dead geese by the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) following which over 100 geese were culled.
The concerted efforts in a coordinated manner by various departments of Chandigarh administration, including animal husbandry, health and forests and wildlife departments, which helped in containing avian flu, has been appreciated by the central government.