Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake Flooded With Tourists, State To Impose Restrictions

by Drishti
Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake Flooded With Tourists, State To Impose Restrictions

Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake is undeniably a major tourist attraction in the city. So much so, that even the raging pandemic has had no impact on its daily footfall. Now, with hundreds of people flooding the lake, state authorities are set to impose restrictions to curb the situation. Efforts to encourage citizens to follow safety measures in the city have already begun.

Visitors Found Flouting Safety Norms At Sukhna Lake

State authorities have been left frenzied over the violation of safety norms at Sukhna Lake. People strolling around the lake have often been flouting social distancing norms. Flocks of people take a walk or jog around the lake, without wearing face masks. A number of cyclists also come to the lake everyday. Issuing challans at the lake has proven to be ineffective, compelling officials to rethink their measures. Apart from locals, people from Punjab and Haryana too have also been thronging to Sukhna Lake. This resulting congestion poses severe threat to public safety, with coronavirus cases steeply rising in the area.

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State authorities have planned to regulate the number of people visiting the lake. They are also considering to regulate the entry timings. According to The Indian Express, Chairman of Federation of Sectors Welfare Association of Chandigarh, Baljinder Singh Bittu has suggested the adoption of a slot system at the entry. This would mean only a specific number of people will be able to enter the lake at a time.

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Quarantine Rules In Chandigarh

Chandigarh has recorded relatively low number of Covid-19 cases, compared to other Indian regions. And like other places, the city has issued its own set of quarantine rules. For now, those travelling to the city for 72 hours or less need not undergo home-quarantine. They will, however, be required to submit a formal undertaking at border check-posts. Otherwise, domestic in-bound travellers are subject to a 14-day home-quarantine.

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Chandigarh has recorded about 887 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 13 deaths so far. Keep watching this space for more updates from the city.