Published on : Friday, October 9, 2020
In Mussoorie, Covid-19 infection rate is yet to fade away as hoteliers and business owners are started demanding the government to unlock more tourist destinations in and around the town, though the locals are striking a cautious note saying “too much influx of tourists, if unregulated, can lead to the rise in infections”.
Last weekend in Mussoorie, the heavy influx of tourists where hotels experienced almost 80 to 90% occupancy rate had propelled businesses to the top. Nevertheless, since some of the well-known tourist spots like Municipal Gardens, Ropeway and Mussoorie Lake are yet to open, the business establishments at these spots are started raising their voices in regard to huge losses.
S S Rana, the president of Municipal Gardens Welfare Association said that since March they have been experiencing a close down due to which they incurred huge losses. As tourists are now being permitted to come, therefore, the Uttarakhand government should also allow opening the famous spots so that local businesses can also kick-start. He said that 80 shopkeepers at the Municipal Garden were finding it tricky to support their families.
To quote Rakesh, a shopkeeper near Mussoorie Lake, “We demand tthat the government open up the closed tourist spots soon. It is a question of survival for the shopkeepers who operate at these tourist spots.”
Responding to the requests, Manish Kumar, sub-divisional magistrate of Mussoorie, told TOI, “We have not received any instructions regarding opening of tourists spots in Mussoorie. As soon as we receive instructions, we would facilitate their opening after ensuring that proper safety protocols are in place.”