The Sukhna Lake at Chandigarh has been re-opened for public after 1 month. The lake was closed on 18th December due to bird flu scare. A dead geese had tested positive for bird flu (N1H5 virus) at the lake due to which the lake area was kept out of bounds for general public for full 1 month. Section 144 was imposed and police personal were deployed at all entry points to the lake to prevent people from entering the lake premises. The news of opening of the lake comes as a major relief to morning walkers, citizens as well as tourists.
The re-opening ceremony:
CITCO had planned a grand opening ceremony at Sukhna Lake where it invited morning walkers on 19th Jan, 2015. Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev, Advisor to the Chandigarh Administrator along with other officials of Chandigarh Administration were also present on the occasion. White coloured balloons were released in the air to mark the official opening of the lake. A police band was also played on the occasion to mark the re-opening ceremony.
Sukhna Lake has been referred as the life line of Chandigarh. Many signboards were put at various places across the city to inform the residents about the opening of the Sukhna Lake. Signboard with the text “The Sukhna… Lifeline of Chandigarh Breathes Again” greeted visitors at the entrance of the lake.
Do’s and Don’ts at Sukhna Lake:
The Chandigarh Administration has made a list of things to do and not to do at Sukhna Lake for the general public. The jogging track, walking path, cafe and restaurant have been opened but the public will not have access to the stairs towards the lake side. Plants have been placed and boards of “Do Not cross” have been put along the stairs. Activities like boating will remain suspended till March.
People who came to Sukhna lake today admitted that they were missing the ducks. Radio jockeys of 94.3 My FM presented their evening show live from the lake to make the general public aware about the opening of the lake. One day before the opening, whole walking path and the short rock wall was washed with water.
People have been advised not to go near water and not to feed any bird. Although the possibility of bird flu has been completely ruled out and even the water samples from the lake have tested negative, but the Chandigarh Administration wants to play safe as Sukhna Lake is home to many migratory birds who come here during the winters.
Boating and other activities will be opened to Public by the starting of summers (Maybe in the month of March).