Big Update For Tourists Visiting Pahalgam On Comming Saturday And Sunday Check Now.

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Big Update For Tourists Visiting Pahalgam On Comming Saturday And Sunday Check Now.

Whereas, it has been observed that a large number of local tourist are thronging Pahalgam tourist destination especially on the weekends; and Whereas heavy influx of tourists poses danger of resurgence of Covid-19 pandemic in view of sible violation of covid appropriate behavior, and whereas Sub-Divisional Magistrate has also reported that unrestricted and and unabated influx of tourists and day picnickers to Pahalgam may seriously undermine Covid 19 mitigation efforts put in place by the administration.

Whereas, it has been also observed that a large number of tourists are pitching tents in an unregulated manner at a number of places in the meadows of Pahalgam tourist resort, there by posing plausible danger to fragile eco-system of the tourist place.

Whereas in order to prevent the spread of covid-19 infection and save the eco system of the tourist destination, it is necessary to take some immediate measures. Therefore, in view of the above circumstances, I, Dr Piyush Singla, IAS, District magistrate Anantnag, in exercise of powers conferred in me under section 144 of the Cr.PC 1973, Disaster Managent Act, 2005 and Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 hereby order as follows;

1. On Saturday and Sunday, only such persons/tourists shall be allowed to proceed towards Pahalgam who possess a proof of confirmed booking in the hotels of Pahalgam, no day-picnickers shall be allowed to visit Pahalgam on Saturday and Sunday SDPO Aishmoqam/ Srigafwars shall establish nakasa Aishmuqam, Langanbal, Nunwan and Srigufwana so as to allow only bonafide people with proof of advance hotel booking to move towards Pahalgam. CEO, Tourism Development Authority, Pahalgam shall sensitize the hoteliers in advance in this regard. SSP Anantnag shall workout the modalities for restraining the influx of traffic at various Nakar in Anantnag town enroute to Pahalgam so that unnecessary build up of vehicles at Pahalgam can be discouraged.

2. Tehsildar Pahalgam and Assistant Director, Tourism Pahalgam shall carry out detailed inspection of all the hotels of Pahalgan to check whether all measures for ensuring covid appropriate behaviour have been put in place. A detailed report in this regard shall be sent to the undersigned within one week.

3. CEO, PDA shall conduct awareness programme for all the hoteliers so that they are sensitized to adopt covid appropriate behaviour.

4. Enforcement of Covid Appropriate Behaviour: a) A fine of Ra 1000/- shall be imposed and collected from locals/tourists/hotel staff, if found rooming without masks at Pahalgam. CEO PDA, SDM Pahalgam, SDPO, and EO MC Pahalgam shall constitute teams independently so as strictly enforce covid appropriate behavior especially at Public places, parks, open spaces, hotel areas etc.

b) Since all the public parks have been opened for all seven days, as such, the concerned departments shall ensure that no person shall be allowed to enter into any park without musk. CEO PDA shall devise a mechanism in this behalf and submit status report on weekly basis.

5. That unregulated pitching of tents not only poses danger to fragile eco system of Pahalgam but also put a lot of pressure on civic amenities besides leading to haphazard parking at various places. In view to prevent environmental degradation and adhering to extant covid protocols, following directions are hereby issued

a) CEO PDA shall explore the possibility of declaring a particular area as a camping site and shall also work out mechanism of giving permission to pitch tents at much places with prior permission

b) All unregulated/haphazardly pitched tents shall immediately be removed. SDM Pahalgam and SDPO shall provide necessary support to CEO PDA in this regard.

c) DFO Lidder Forest Division and DFO Wildlife shall constitute teams to restrain public from pinching tents in forest / wildlife area (as has been observed in recent past.)

d) Cooking of any kind shall not be permined in open space other than the designated camping sites CEO PDA shall ensure necessary mechanisms is put mechanism in place at the earliest. SDM and SDPO Pahalgam shall provide full assistance in this regard.

6. Dy. SP Traffic shall put adequate deployment especially at congestion points along Baltal and Aru axis, so as to facilitate smooth movement of traffic and to avoid congestion. Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Pahalgam

and SDPOs shall ensure implementation of order in letter and spirit. Since it is not possible to serve this order individually, hence issued ex-pate. The order shall be circulated through print, electronic and social media for the information of general public.

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