Following the culling of geese, the Sukhna lake remained out of bounds for the morning and evening walkers on Friday. Barricades were put up on all the entry points leading to the lake.
Stunned silence greeted a few visitors, including cops, UT administration officials and the mediapersons, at the lake. The migratory birds were the only ones flocking to the lake. The entire track appeared white with lime dust thrown all over.
The walkers have infact started looking out for other options. Some are making their way towards Leisure Valley in Sector 10, Rose Garden and other green belts.
Tiara Jain, a resident of Sector 7, said, “I have always been going to the lake for walks because of its serene beauty. I really don’t feel comfortable going to any other place.” Umesh Kumar, a sector 35 resident, said, “I used to drive down from Sector 35 to walk at the lake, but with the lake getting closed for the next 30 days, I will continue taking a stroll in a park near my sector.” The lake used to have around 150 ducks that were a star attraction for tourists. The police personnel and forest rangers have been deployed to ensure that people do not enter the area.
The UT animal husbandry department has provided masks to the cops and rangers deployed around the lake. They are also being quarantined to avoid any kind of infection. The lake is situated next to the Haryana Raj Bhawan and close to the Punjab Raj Bhawan, Rock Garden and the building of the Punjab and Haryana high court. The area has been put under surveillance.
Ashok Verma, a resident of sector 33, who is an avid walker at lake from past three decades says, “I am missing it from past three days and these days I am going to leisure valley and Rose Garden, but walking at the lake is an experience in itself.”
Meanwhile, there are five ducks and six chicken at Haryana Bhawan. The authorities here have called the animal husbandry staff to carryout checks on the birds. The random sampling from poultry shops will also be done. A public notice is being issued to the poultry farm authorities and residents that if people find any dead bird they should inform the animal husbandry control room immediately at: 0172-270092/cell: 9357526960. Around 400 panic calls have been received till night on this number.
WhatsApp flooded with messages
WhatsApp was flooded with messages warning each other from eating chicken. All kinds of messages are being exchanged, including swine flu spread in the city and not to buy chicken. Some kept sending messages from overseas to their relatives that bird flu has spread in city and they should be careful.