Himachal Pradesh, a gem in the crown of India, is currently grappling with a surge in traffic congestion on its roads. The influx of tourists during the joyous festivities of Christmas and New Year has led to chaotic scenes, especially in picturesque areas like Lahaul Valley. A recent incident captured on social media showcased a daring tourist maneuvering a Mahindra Thar SUV across the Chandra river, causing both awe and criticism.
As the Christmas season approaches, Manali in the Kullu district witnesses a remarkable surge in tourist arrivals. Visitors, drawn not only by the festive spirit but also by the enchanting snow-covered landscapes of Lahaul Valley, contribute to the bustling atmosphere. The Atal tunnel in Rohtang plays a pivotal role in connecting Kullu, Lahaul, and Spiti, with an astounding 55,000 vehicles successfully traversing it in just three days.
While the influx benefits the hospitality sector, it poses a challenge for the administration, impacting the fragile ecology of the region. The recent appeal from Sanjay Kundu, the Director General of Police in Shimla, emphasizes the importance of safe travel practices and adherence to traffic rules. A harmonious and secure environment can be maintained if tourists prioritize caution and responsibility during their exploration of Shimla’s beautiful landscapes and vibrant streets.
With over 100,000 vehicles expected to enter Shimla for New Year festivities, the city faces a daunting task in managing the traffic. A recent report reveals that approximately 60,000 vehicles currently occupy the city’s roadsides, highlighting the daily challenge of navigating through the bustling streets.
Tourist Drives His Mahindra Thar SUV Through River To Not Get Trapped In Traffic Jam In Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, a bustling tourist destination, experiences a consistent influx of vehicles. On weekdays, an estimated 12,000 vehicles enter the city, contributing to the already busy streets. However, as the weekend approaches and the tourist season peaks, the number surges to over 26,000. This significant increase poses challenges for both locals and visitors as they navigate the crowded roads of Shimla.
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu asserts that the state is effectively handling the current situation. In response to the viral video of the Thar crossing the Chandra river, SP Mayank Chaudhry declares that the vehicle has been challaned under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. To prevent future offenses, the district police have deployed personnel at the location.
“Recently, a video went viral in which a Thar is crossing the river Chandra in District Lahaul Spiti. The said vehicle has been challaned under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and to ensure that no one commits such an offence in the future, the district police have deployed police personnel at the said place,” said SP Mayank Chaudhry.