As the UT Administration is yet to receive the report from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory, Bhopal, it will not lift the ban on the entry of people to Sukhna Lake for now. A team of experts from the Bhopal lab and the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL), Jalandhar, had collected water samples from the lake. The team had also collected blood samples of migratory birds. UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin said once they got the report, they would review the orders to lift the entry ban at the lake. A senior official of the UT Animal Husbandry Department said they would get the report by this weekend. The Bhopal lab would first send the report to the Union Government and then "it will come to us". Officials of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, the UT Forest and Wildlife Department and the Animal Husbandry Department would hold a meeting in the first week of January to review the orders, he said. On December 19, the UT Administration had issued orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and banned the entry of people and other activities at the lake and the surrounding areas till January 18.

Source: The Tribune, Chandigarh