Shimla, Jun 29
After a three month long downfall, the Hospitality industry in the state has now again revived somewhat. Since the condition for RT PCR test is relaxed by the state government number of tourists are making bee lines to various hill stations in Devbhoomi. As per a data around 2 .57 lakh vehicles entered in the state during last 2 weeks.
State police spokesperson said in a statement issued here said that an average of about 18370 vehicles are entering the state every day.
During the last two weeks, since the COVID curfew has been lifted on 14.06.2021, a total of 2,57,179 vehicles have entered Himachal Pradesh.
He said that of these, 1,31,216 vehicles entered between Jun 13 to Jun 20 and 1,25,963 vehicles entered between Jun 20 to Jun 27 , till Saturday.
All tourist places are jam packed after a gap of almost one and half years as hospitality industry is hit hard during last two subsequent Covid waves in the state.
State annual footfall of Tourist drastically came down to few lakhs compared to normal annual footfall of about 1.75 Cr due to lock down in last summer and increasing of cases in the winter season.
Since April to mid of June footfall of Tourist remained negligible as everything came to a grinding halt after announcment of Corona Curfew in end of April this year.
The restrictions caused massive loss to tourism and hospitality industry also rendering unrecoverable losses to transport, travel agencies and other integral and subsidery services of tourism.
State police also adopting zero tolerance to violate Corona guidelines. The Fine of Rs. 17,000 was also realized for MV Act violation, Rs. 3,500 were realised as fine for driving without masks.
However, the total fine realised for mask violations during the period was Rs. 20.05 lacs with 3,620 challans.
For the violation of marriage permits issued during the COVID-19 pandemic four challans were issued and realising Rs. 15,000 fine, he added.