Due to heavy tourism flows, hill stations choke

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Himachal Pradesh

Since April, the nation has roamed under an extended heat wave, the favorite hills of India in Himachal Pradesh, Darjeeling in Western Bengal, and Gangtok in Sikkim are operating at complete capability as visitors crowd locations like Mussoorie and Nainital in Uttarakhand, Shimla, and manali.

Tourist association representatives said that this year’s number has been unprecedented, leading to the turning away of many holidaymakers. Local policemen in these cities work for traffic management around the clock.

Tourist association representatives said that this year’s number has been unprecedented, leading to the turning away of many holidaymakers. Local policemen in these cities work for traffic management around the clock.

Officials of Uttarakhand stated that nearly 190,000 visitors had visited Mussoorie since mid-May. According to Himachal Hotel and Restaurant Association chairman Gajender Thakur, occupancy of hotels in Shimla and Manali achieved 100% on weekends.One weekday, he added, the occupancy was 80%, advising visitors not to visit them without making any reservations.

There are more than 3000 registered hotels in Himachal Pradesh and at least 1340 registered home stays. Almost 95% of hotels are reserved until the middle of June.Other hill cities report complete capacity as well. “Nearly all rooms are booked at mountain stations, including Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Samrat Sanyal, secretary of the Himalayan Hospitality and Tourism Development Netity, says that there are more visitors than last year.”

A single way from Gajji Bend and Spring Road traffic scheme has now been placed in place, says Bhavna Kainthola, in charge of Mussoorie Police Station, with cars queuing up on the Mussoorie-Dehradun, Mussoorie-Kempty fall and the Mussorie-Dhanault Road.However, riders with less experience driving in the mountains are hindering smooth movement, she said.

“After having been streamlined by jam traffic on Mussoorie-Dehradun route, we were informed that there was no parking spot in the car so that we had to go to Dhanaultti, where we confronted another jam” Mohinder Singh, a tourist from Chandigarh who went up to Mussoorie at the weekend on June 8.

On three approach roads to Nainital — Kaladungi, Bhowali, and Haldwani — the authorities stopped cars when the parking capability was achieved (about 2000 cars).Arvind Gaud, Nainital’s district tourism officer said that the city has experienced a rush in a while for the first time. The heatwave in the northern Indian plains was ascribed.”Nainital has visited approximately four lakh visitors since May 20. Even walking on the Mall Road became hard,” he said.

We work on establishing more parking spaces to cope with this problem in the long run.Here in Ashok Cinema we set up a multi-level parking facility with 284 cars and a Rusi Bypass high technology carpark with a capability of 400 to 500 cars, “said Harbeer Singh, Nainital’s district magistrate.

Shimla and Manali also have traffic and fewer parking spaces to witness. “The parking area in Manali is lacking. Last weekend almost 10 000 cars were on board in Manali,” Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, Police Superintendent said.120 police officers and as many domestic guards in Manali have been deployed to handle traffic.