Shimla: As the popular tourist destination Shimla recovers from acute water-scarcity that had derailed the daily life of the people, the tourism activity is also gaining normalcy. The hoteliers have assured that the tourists won’t face anymore inconvenience related to water-shortage.
At least hotels will ensure that tourists are not put to any inconvenience,
Sanjay Sood, the President of the Restaurant & Hotels Association, North India, said when Himachal Watcher asked him regarding the probability of a shortage during rest of the peak tourist season.
In the last review meeting, the government had informed that the water supply to the city had reached upto 37 Million Liters per day (MLD) that had earlier dropped below 20 MLD. The government had also assured that the situation was under control now.
The inflow of tourists did take a hit due to water shortage in the capital city, but things are in better shape now. There should be no apprehensions in visiting the city, as the Guest Service is our prime concern,
Sanjay further added.
The hoteliers have assured that the state government has made adequate arrangements and water supply is being ensured to hotels in order to facilitate tourists.
The hotel industry in Shimla expressed their gratefulness towards the Acting Chief Justice, Sanjay Karol, for his intervention in resolving the issue and ensuring proper water supply and distribution.
The hoteliers have also urged the media to highlight the normalcy in water supply through its reports so that tourism could regain momentum in the state.
The Association would also make efforts to create awareness and encourage the hoteliers in Himachal to adopt water conservation methods like rainwater harvesting.
I use rain-harvesting in my hotel at Chaura Maidan in Shimla. We use the harvested water for gardening and toilets,
During the past 10-15 days, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh faced its worst water crisis and witnessed its negative consequences as well. The chaos for drinking water hit the people hard. The widespread and daily protests in various Wards of the Shimla Municipal Corporation had begun to take a hostile form.
The Shimla Police has booked over 400 protestors during the crisis. Clashes between the police and protesters were also reported.
For rest of the World, the historic town became a case study in water scarcity caused by drying up of natural resources and poor management. The scarcity made headlines in International media as well.
At the same time, the economy of the town also took a hit as occupancy rate had dropped by almost 50 percent. The hoteliers had to cancel bookings and sell bottled water to their guests. As an embarrassment for the historic town, the mismanagement of water supply and distribution had compelled hoteliers to supply water to guests in buckets.
The public was circulating messages asking tourists to give a break to the town until the water scarcity ends. It was the worst nightmare for the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department as well as the hospitality industry. This message is still in circulation.
However, now the Government and the hoteliers are expecting to regain the lost momentum so that remaining peak season could witness growth in tourist footfall.
Rave Party in Kasol Busted, Organizer Nabbed, Suspected Addictive Substances Seized
Kullu-A rave party organized illegally in the middle of a jungle in Kasol of Parvati Valley in Kullu district was raided by a Special Investigation Unit on Thursday. The team raided the spot on a tip and found about 200 tourists participating in the party.
According to the inspector, SIU, Sunil Sankhyan, most of the tourists were Israeli and also included about 50 women.
The team succeeded in nabbing the organizers of the party, who was identified as Pratap Singh, a resident of village Chalaal, Kasol.
The police have filed a case against accused under Section 113 of Police Act 2007, Section 6 of HP Instruments Act, and Section 188 of Indian Penal Code
The Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Singh, confirmed the news.
As per the inspector Sankhyan, the police received a tip that a party was being organized in the jungle between Choz and Kasol.
“Yesterday, when the Special Investigation Team was present in Kasol at 11:30 PM, information was received that Pratap Singh will be organising a rave party with foreign tourists in the jungles between Kasol and Choz without permission and that drugs and alcohol will be consumed during the party,”
an official told ANI
The team reached the spot at about 2:30 AM and it took over two and a half hours for it to reach the spot. Chaos broke out among tourists as they saw the police.
The SIU team succeeded in nabbing the organizer and seizing electronic equipment, generator, and some substances, which were believed to be addictive drugs. These substances would be sent for forensic testing, the police said.
Further, the police said while most of the tourists managed to flee the spot, some of them were apprehended and are being questioned.
ABVP HPU Celebrates Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan With SSB jawans
Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today celebrated the 73rd Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan with the jawans of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at the Shimla cant.
Girl students remained present during this celebration. They tied Rakhis on the wrists of jawans to celebrate Rakhi.
The campus secretary, HPU, Ankit Chandel, said that being a social organization, ABVP keeps organizing such events.
While conversing with jawans of SSB, ABVP said that like the Indian armed forces remain deployed in service and security of the nation from both internal and external enemies, ABVP is also working towards preparing citizens ideologically to ensure internal security of the nation since 1949.
ABVP said, it has organized such events time and again and tried to support the armed forces whether it is the war of 1962 or Kargil war of 1999.
HP Govt Announces 4% DA to Employees, Fee Exemption to Girls Appearing in HPPSC, HPSSSB Exams, Hike in Financial Assistance to Ex-Servicemen
Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Government, on 73rd Independence Day, made several announcements. The Independence Day was celebrated throughout Himachal Pradesh. Functions were organised at State, District and Sub-Divisional levels.
While presiding over the State Level Independence day celebration function at historic Ridge Shimla, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur hoisted the National Flag and took the salute from the impressive march past by contingents of Police, Home-Guards, NCC, scouts and guides and NSS cadets including school Children.
Chief Minister announced 4 per cent Dearness Allowance to the employees and pensioners of the state government to be paid from January 2019 onwards. This decision would provide an annual additional financial benefit of Rs 260 crore to the employees of the State.
Chief Minister also announced that in future, the girl candidates of the State would not have to deposit examination fee for appearing in the entrance tests conducted by the State Public Service Commission and State Subordinate Services Selection Board.
He also announced free textbooks to government school students of 9th and 10th class, which would benefit over 65,000 students of the State.
He announced enhancement in financial assistance being given to ex-servicemen, widows of ex-servicemen and their dependants above the years of 60 years and those who were not getting old age or any another pension from existing 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per annum.
The Chief Minister announced an enhancement of financial assistance from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10,000 per month to fighters of Second World War and from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 to the war widows.
The Chief Minister presented Himachal Gaurav Purskar to Nishad Kumar and Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal. He gave away Prarena Satrot Puraskars to Subedar Rinjin Dorje (posthumously), Alikya and Himkara Organisation.
He presented the Civil Services Award to HP State Disaster Management Authority, which was received by former Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda.
The district-level Disaster Management Authority awards were presented to Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts which were received by the then Deputy Commissioners Yunus Khan and Ashwini Kumar respectively.
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