Published on : Saturday, June 19, 2021
Thousands of visitors are touring tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh after the state government eased Covid-19 restrictions. While a large number of people have already reached Shimla and Manali, almost 10,000 people have applied for Covid-19 e-passes in the last week. However, only 3,000 out of the 10,000 applications have been approved so far.
As many as 7,000 passes were rejected as the applicants did not mention the exact reason as to why they are visiting the state. Many documents attached were either fake or did not match with the location from where they started their journey from.
Recently, the Himachal Pradesh government had relaxed some norms to ease the tourist flow with the state’s tourism industry severely affected by the lockdown.
The Himachal government has also issued an advisory to tourists, appealing to them to follow Covid-19 norms.
“There are no restrictions on tourists coming to Himachal, but they will have to register online to get a Covid e-pass.
The travel industry contributes to 7 per cent of the state’s GDP and around 2 crore tourists visit the state every year. The tourism industry suffered huge loss during the pandemic. We have allowed tourists to visit the state, but they will have to follow Covid-19 norms,” said the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The traffic police at tourist places strictly adhere to social distancing and other Covid-19 norms. Those without masks are being fined. Nearly 8,000 violators have been penalized and a fine amounting to Rs. 52 lakh has been recovered from violators in the last one year.
Popular tourist places like Shimla and Manali are witnessing a surge in tourists. Nearly 3,000 tourists have reached Kullu-Manali during the past three days.