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Hundreds of vehicles enter Himachal as govt allows tourists without negative Covid report, video goes viral
Tourists make beeline for hills to beat scorching heat

  • Updated At: Jun 14, 2021 02:42 PM (IST)



Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service
Solan, June 13


A huge influx of tourist vehicles was witnessed at the inter-state barriers in Parwanoo today, following easing of restrictions in the neighbouring states.
With mercury rising in the plains, tourists are heading for the hills to beat the summer heat. Residents of the neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, particularly, are arriving in large numbers.





Yogesh Rolta, DSP, Parwanoo
5,000 vehicles enter parwanoo
A rush of tourist vehicles has been witnessed since Friday evening with nearly 5,000 vehicles having entered through Parwanoo as against about 3,000-3,500 vehicles registered last week.
Most of the vehicles going uphills were lined up at the barrier on the national highway near Timber Trail Resorts. The other one located near Kalka on the state highway saw fewer vehicles comparatively.

Tourists entering the state are required to register themselves on the Covid e-pass software and these passes are scanned by police officials deputed at the barriers.
“An overwhelming rush of tourist vehicles has been witnessed since last evening with nearly 5,000 vehicles having entered through Parwanoo as against about 3,000-3,500 vehicles that were registered last week,” said Parwanoo DSP Yogesh Rolta. He added that additional staff had to be deputed at the barrier to scan the e-passes in view of the huge influx.

Since e-passes are scanned by the police at the barriers, a long queue of vehicles created a traffic chaos. Vehicles bound for the hills had lined up in multiple queues spread across kilometers.
The rush left traffic staff, who were scanning all passes, exhausted. Those entering the state without passes had to be manually registered, which further added to the work.

Staff at the Sanwara-based toll plaza also confirmed that about 1,500 to 2,000 more vehicles had entered the state this weekend in comparison with last week. “The vehicle influx has increased tremendously this weekend in comparison with last week as tourists are heading for the hills to beat the summer heat,” said Balwinder Singh, project in-charge, GR Infra Projects, which is four-laning this highway.
Hoteliers received a big boost with their occupancy reaching 50 to 70 per cent in the last fortnight at Kasauli. Rocky Chimni, vice-president, Kasauli Residents and Hoteliers Association, said, “Tourist influx, especially during the weekends, has gone up to 70 per cent and it will improve further as the condition of getting an RT-PCR test report for tourists has been done away with. Rates have been lowered by 20-30 per cent to lure tourists.”

Toll worth Rs 2,08,220 has been collected at Parwanoo inter-state barriers in the last 24 hours, which was much higher than last weeks’ collection, said the excise and taxation staff.

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Not wearing face masks in Himachal may attract eight-day imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine
First time offenders to be fined Rs 500

  • Updated At: Jun 14, 2021 07:57 PM (IST)

Not wearing face masks in Himachal may attract eight-day imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine


People walk during rainfall in Shimla on Monday. Tribune photo: Amit Kanwar


Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, June 14

Following the opening of state borders for tourists without RT-PCR negative report, Himachal Pradesh Police on Monday issued an advisory asking the tourists to wear face masks, maintain social distance and follow Covid guidelines or face action.
“We welcome all the tourists entering the state and advise them to abide by the norms. However, the violators would attract a fine of Rs 500 at first instance and repeat offenders would be arrested and may be sentenced to eight days imprisonment or fine of Rs 5,000 or both as per the provisions of the HP Police Act," the advisory cautioned.

There has been a surge in tourist arrival in Shimla and as many as 5,000 vehicles entered Shimla through Shoghi border in 36 hours from June 12 (8 am) till June 13 (8 pm) while the data for today is still awaited.
People were fed up due to lockdown and curfew and want to breathe fresh air and those who have been vaccinated or survived Covid-19 are looking for an outing.

Moreover, people in the plains are rushing to the hills of Himachal to get relief from sultry heat.
The occupancy on this weekend touched 30 per cent which is further expected to go up to 60 per cent in the coming week.

About 25 per cent online bookings have poured in while 25 per cent tourists are walk in, says president of Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association Sanjay Sood.
“We have appealed to the hotel owners to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) like wearing of masks, proper sanitisation and avoid overcrowding so that tourists feel safe and comfortable,” said president, Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association MK Seth.

The tourism industry which suffered heavy losses in peak summer season in 2020 and 2021 are hopeful that with relaxation on restrictions, industry would be able to cover up the losses to some extent.
After a long gap, the Mall and the ridge was abuzz with activity as tourists strolled at these places.

Shimla is a beautiful place with ideal weather and the tourists can enjoy and roam, however temples are still closed, said Richa Jain, a tourist from Delhi who was given a mask by the Shimla police after a monkey snatched her mask.
“We were anticipating tourist inflow after the restrictions were lifted and ten reserves have been deployed in the district (seven for corona curfew and three for internal mobilization) besides 200 police personnel on traffic duty as flow of traffic has also increased. Police patrolling parties are on the ground to guide the tourists,” said SP Shimla Mohit Chawla.

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5,000 vehicles enter Shimla in 2 days, many tourists challaned for not wearing mask
Shimla police warn of 8-day jail for flouting norms

Updated At: Jun 14, 2021 07:54 PM (IST)


Bhanu Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, June 14


With tourists from neighbouring states heading in hordes to Himachal Pradesh, particularly Shimla, Kullu-Manali and Dharamsala, on the first day of the state opening its borders to outsiders without the mandatory RT-PCR negative report, the police have warned the visitors against flouting the Covid safety protocol.

Within a few hours of the opening of the borders, long serpentine queues of vehicles could be witnessed at the entry points. This weekend, prior to opening of the border, over 5,000 vehicles are learnt to have entered Shimla within hours from Shogi barrier.



Tribune photo: Amit Kanwar


A heavy rush of tourists was witnessed on the Ridge and The Mall Road in Shimla. The police also slapped challans on a few violators.

Urging the tourists to strictly follow the Covid SOPs, Shimla Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla said they had challaned some people on The Mall Road. He warned of eight-day jail in case of repeated violations.




Tribune photo: Amit Kanwar

The occupancy on this weekend touched 30 per cent which is further expected to go upto 60 per cent in the coming week. About 25 per cent bookings have been done in while 25 per cent of tourists are walk in, says President of Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association Sanjay Sood.

He said people in the plains were rushing to the hills of Himachal to get relief from sultry heat.
“We have appealed to the hotel owners to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) like wearing of masks, proper sanitization and avoid overcrowding so that tourists feel safe and comfortable,” said President, Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association MK Seth.

The tourism industry, which suffered heavy losses in peak summer season in 2020 and 2021 are hopeful that with relaxation on restrictions, industry would be able to cover up the losses to some extent.
Prior to June 14, the state government had allowed the entry of only those tourists who had prior booking at a hotel or homestay and carried a Covid negative report from an ICMR-accredited laboratory.


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Early monsoon comes in with an excess of downpour over the region


  • Updated At: Jun 14, 2021 05:49 PM (IST)


Early monsoon comes in with an excess of downpour over the region


Vehicles travel on a water-logged street in Bathinda on June 14, 2021. Tribune file photo


Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 14


The early monsoon has hit the region on a hugely positive note, with the agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana receiving higher than normal rain fall in the month of June so far.
From June 1 to June 14, Punjab received 38 mm rain against the normal of 14.7 mm for this period, accounting for a surplus of 158 per cent, according to data compiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

In Haryana, rain was for surplus by 146 per cent. The state received 33.7 mm rain against the normal of 13.7 mm for the aforementioned period. In of Himachal Pradesh, the surplus was relatively lower at 26 per cent. The hill state received 42.2 mm rain against the normal of 33.5 mm for that period.
The monsoon arrived over north India about 15 days ahead of its normal date of onset, which is a significant deviation in terms of climatic conditions as well as agro-economic practices. Rains impact sowing and cropping timing as well as the demand of water from dams and electricity or diesel for running bore wells.

Information released by IMD states that as on June 14 the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) is passing through Diu, Surat, Nandurbar, Bhopal, Nowgong, Hamirpur, Barabanki, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Ambala and Amritsar, covering the entire peninsular, central, east and northeastern India and some parts of north-western India.
However due to approaching of mid-latitude westerlies winds further progress of monsoon over remaining parts of northwest India is likely to be slow, according to the IMD.

Earlier, the IMD had predicted normal to above normal rainfall over most parts of South Asia during the 2021 southwest monsoon season from June to September. Geographically, above-normal rainfall is most likely over north-western India and some regions along the foothills of the Himalayas.
Even in May, the precipitation in the region had been good. Rain was 138 percent above normal in Haryana and 39 per cent above normal in Punjab, but deficient by four per cent in Himachal Pradesh.


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Taxi operators, hoteliers oppose ropeway to Rohtang


  • Updated At: Jun 14, 2021 08:42 AM (IST)

Taxi operators, hoteliers oppose ropeway to Rohtang

The hoteliers and taxi operators of Manali have opposed the setting up of the ropeway to Rohtang Pass. - File photo


Dipender Manta
Tribune News Service
Mandi, June 13

The hoteliers and taxi operators of Manali have opposed the setting up of the ropeway to Rohtang Pass. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had on Friday asked the state government to speed up work on the Rohtang ropeway project, which has left the hoteliers as well taxi operators of Manali worried.



Gupt Ram, Taxi operator
Will hit livelihood
A majority of the taxi operators run their taxis to Rohtang Pass from Manali during tourist season. After the ropeway is set up, taxi operators will lose their livelihood.


Reacting about the ropeway project, Gupt Ram, a taxi operator in Manali, said, “The ropeway to Rohtang Pass from Palchan near Manali will affect the livelihood of taxi operators. A majority of taxi operators run their taxis to Rohtang Pass from Manali during tourist season to make some earning. After the ropeway is set up, taxi operators will lose their livelihood.”
“A meeting of taxi operators will be held soon to discuss the issue and chalk out a future strategy. The issue will be raised with the state government,” Puran Chand, president of Taxi Operators Union at Manali, said.

Right from the beginning, the taxi operators of Manali have been against the ropeway project and have urged the state government to give up the project.
Similarly, the Hoteliers of Manali are also against this ropeway. They have urged the state government to set up ropeways at those tourist destinations in Kullu district which are not accessible because of poor road connectivity or any other mode of transportation.

Anup Thakur, president of Hoteliers Association, Manali, said “Rohtang Pass is connected with road facility from both sides — from via Atal tunnel and from the Gulaba side. A majority of people as well as tourists are traveling to Lahaul Spiti and Leh from Manali via Atal tunnel. So, the influx of tourist vehicles toward Rohtang Pass has been reduced considerably since the inauguration of the Atal tunnel.”
“The setting up of the ropeway to Rohtang will benefit only one person, the entrepreneur of the project, while it will deprive the taxi operators and other local people of their livelihood. Instead of setting up ropeway to Rohtang pass, the state government should focus on setting up ropeways to Chanderkhani Pass, Bhrigu lake area and other scenic places in Kullu district, which lack road connectivity,” he remarked.

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I am planning a 5.5 days trip to Kaza, Chandratal. Can someone help me out with my itinerary and places to visit?
Starting point Noida, mode of travel Harrier.
 
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