Published on : Monday, August 2, 2021
Tourism in the Konkan has been impacted after heavy rain and landslides. Hence, tourists typically from Mumbai and Pune, have cancelled or rescheduled their trips.
Tourism business in the Konkan, which declined from Rs. 2,000 crore annually to Rs. 400 crore in the wake of the pandemic, is expected to undergo further losses. The estimates have been furnished by Konkan Paryatan Udyog Sangh (KPUS), comprising representatives from five districts: Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane and Palghar. “The tourism situation at the famous Ganpatipule beach is very bad after floods ravaged Ratnagiri. Hence, we are here to help in cleaning works,” said Suraj Pawar, a resident of Ganpatipule.
“The regular arrival of 50 lakh tourists per annum has gone down to 10 lakh in the Konkan region. Business will further come down as Mahad and Chiplun’s collective share of Rs. 100 crore will be affected after floods and landslides. Earlier, the Nisarga and Tauktae cyclones had caused a lot of damage,” said Sanjay Yadavrao, the president of KPUS.
Six dams and waterfalls in Revdanda, Alibaug and Murud, under three different police stations, have been shut for visitors.
This decision was taken to steer clear of unpleasant incidents. The prohibited dams include Teenvira and Umte in Alibaug, Garambi dam and waterfall in Amboli, Savatkanda waterfall and Nagshet. These tourist spots witness large numbers of visitors from all over the state, but especially from Mumbai, Thane and Pune.
“Nobody is allowed to enter dam and talav areas…until further orders. Selfie and photographs are not allowed at dangerous spots. Besides, the ban is effective on the parking of vehicles and speedy driving around the areas,” said Prashant Dhage, the sub-divisional officer of Alibaug.