Published on : Thursday, July 27, 2017
For more than three hours, many passengers on this July 22nd got stranded between Umiam and Mawlai because more than 5,000 vehicles from Assam were transporting day tourists to various corners of, creating severe congestion on road.
The traffic coming from Assam increased on Sunday. It seemed that everyone from Assam was going enroute for Sohra or Mawlynnong.
On the way to Sohra at Mawkdok, the road was blocked as the tourists had parked their vehicles and got busy clicking selfies. Tourist behavior went topsy-turvy with zero control. The traffic policeman at Mawkdok however failed to show his authority and none paid heed to him.
Prof Desmond Kharmawphlang, Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at NEHU, was along with his guests from Wales to Sohra and got stuck in this massive traffic jam at Mawkdok. After one hour, they were extricated from tremendous the traffic mess.
To quote Dr Kharmawphlang, “This is not the kind of tourism we are looking at. My guests from Wales were shocked. They thought Sohra was still a quiet and serene little getaway but no longer. Without a tourism policy that restricts the number of footfall in certain locales, tourism is bound to backfire in the State.”
A doctor was with her children to enjoy a weekend outing to Sohra and got caught up in same kind of traffic roar at Mawkdok. She said with anger that tourists coming to Meghalaya lack basic etiquette of parking vehicles in an orderly manner. “Most tourists coming from Assam carry their own food and drinks. So what is Meghalaya really earning,” asks the annoyed doctor.