Tourist Rush, Traffic Jams: High Time To Walk The Talk

Tourism is one of the major industries in Himachal Pradesh. The tourism sector contributes around 7% to the state GDP. There aren't many private jobs in Devbhoomi and hence most people depend on either Govt. jobs or tourism sector.

People from all over India and even abroad travel to tourist places like Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala, Palampur, Baijnath, Chamba, Dalhousie, Khajiyar, Barot, Bir-Billing, Lahaul-Spiti & Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh to spend quality time away from hustle and bustle of the city and to breath pollution-free air. Apprehensive of peace and security situation in Jammu and Kashmir most tourists looking for relief from the scorching heat, to enjoy the snow or adventure tourism either head to Himachal or Uttarakhand.

While increasing football is a good sign for the tourism industry, in the absence of serious Govt. efforts and proactive approach it is becoming a big problem for local people, ecology and even the tourists. Be it the water crises in Shimla or huge traffic jams in Dharamshala, Mcleaodganj, Shimla, Kufri, and Manali- Rohtang road, locals as well as tourists, both suffer a lot. This year's long traffic jams in Manali-Rohtang road have left pretty bad experience on tourists and the environment. Many tourists decided to never visit again after remaining stuck for more than 8 hours on the road. Many others who read the news got their bookings canceled. Tourists traveled to Rohtang just for seeing & playing in snow were welcomed by polluted black snow.

For Himachal  Electricity and Tourism are two big cash cows if used wisely and to their fullest potential. Besides water, traffic jams there is also a major problem related to the safety of tourists undertaking adventure sports. There aren't many checks for Paragliding or River Rafting sites at Bir-Billing & Manali. There are even places which are not even authorized for such adventure tourism activities. Every now and then we see cases of accidents or deaths of tourists either in paragliding activity or river rafting. People chose to flout the safety norms to make some quick bucks.

It is time for authorities to evaluate the causes , make policies and issue guidelines to prevent recurring issues. Instead of treating it as a seasonal issue, authorities need to think through and come up with a solution that takes care of the environment, flourishes tourism industry and also saves people for chaos. Authorities need to apply some break on over tourism, add more parking spaces, engage hotels to arrange for parking or shuttle service. It is high time to walk the talk.

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