Berhampur, May 1 (Localwire): All boating activities have been banned in the Chilika Lake for next five days in view of the danger from cyclone Fani, an official said on Wednesday.
The government has decided to restrict movement of boats in the lake as cyclone Fani is likely to hit the state on May 3, Inland Water Transport director S.K. Rout said.
Around 1,500 boats, run by both government and private owners, operate in the lake. The state-owned Odisha Tourism Development Corporation and Inland Water Transport also operate boats to ferry tourists.
“We have issued the advisory to our local offices and the district administrations for safety of boat passengers in the lake during the cyclone period,” Rout said.
Ganjam district collector Vijay Amrut Kulange added that the administration has passed strict orders not to operate any boat in the lake for next five days starting Wednesday.
Spread across 1,100 sq km, the sprawling Chilika Lake borders the Ganjam, Puri and Khurda districts of Odisha.
Chilika BDO Badal Mohanty said the Chilika Private Motor Boat Owners’ Association and Chilika Private Motor Boat Labours’ Association have agreed to follow the directive during talks on Tuesday.
Hundreds of tourists visit the picturesque Chilika and the adjoining scenic spots such as Kalijai, Nalabana, Satapada and Mangalajodi every day.