Published on : Monday, June 14, 2021
A huge line of tourist vehicles was witnessed at the inter-state barriers in Parwanoo, after relaxing of restrictions in the neighbouring states.
With mercury rising in the plains, tourists are opting for the hills to beat the summer heat. Residents of the neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, especially, are visiting in large numbers.
Tourists coming to Himachal would need 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. Additional staff had to be deputed at the barrier for scanning the e-passes due to this huge arrival numbers.
Since e-passes are scanned by the police at the barriers, a long queue of vehicles created a traffic disorder. Vehicles heading for the hills had lined up in multiple queues spread across kilometers. The rush left traffic staff, scanning all passes, exhausted. Those entering the state without passes had to go through manual registration, which further added to the woes.
Staff at the Sanwara-based toll plaza confirmed that about 1,500 to 2,000 additional vehicles had entered the state this weekend compared to last week.
Hoteliers received a big boost with their occupancy reaching 50 to 70 per cent in the last fortnight at Kasauli.