UT imposes Section 144 around Sukhna

December 20, 2014
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A Chandigarh police official adjusting a banner put up following DC’s ban orders prohibiting movement at Sukhna Lake 


                                      Entry banned for one month, anybody found inside lake premises will be quarantined


A day after culling of all the ducks, a joint team of different departments have started the sanitisation of Sukhna Lake to make it free from possible infection of bird flu.

An officer said that the entire process involved spreading bleaching power and lime in the lake. Fogging was also done at the lake on Friday. Meanwhile, the UT Administration has imposed Section 144 around the lake for the period of the one month.

The order issued by Vivek Pratap Singh states that no person shall be allowed to enter the Sukhna Lake compound including service area of Lake Cafeteria, Lake Club, etc and only the government employees/servants on official duties will be allowed to enter the area.

Sources said that if anybody breaches the order, then he will be taken to the hospital and will be quarantined for a week or till the doctors declared him fit.

Sources said the UT administration has put entire area under surveillance for bird flu and the people living in the vicinity have been told to report any death which occurs among their domesticated birds.

In another step, the UT administration has ordered to keep all the employees including the policemen working at Sukhna lake under surveillance.

The administration has set up a control room and the experts from Delhi have also reached the city to help and guide. The experts from the

Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NRDDL), Jalandhar are also assisting the UT administration.

Sources said that the team of National institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal will take sample of waters of Sukhna lake soon. The decision to lift the ban on the entry at the lake will be based on the report of the institute.

Meanwhile, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries said in a statement that the lake is under Department of Forest, UT Chandigarh, the necessary instructions have been issued to the Conservator of Forests-cum-Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, Chandigarh Administration to carry out the Control and Containment operation at the site.

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