Tourists flock to hill stations, deserting smoggy Delhi

India Gate Smog

New Delhi, November 8: With Delhi turning into a gas chamber post Diwali, many tourists have cancelled their plans to visit the capital and are resorting to near-by hill stations instead.

Also, many Delhites have packed their bags to visit their country homes as India Inc has eased out work-from-home culture to met the air pollution crisis and asked the staff to avoid traveling to risk their health.

A tourist in Himachal pardesh said, “Had plans to go for Delhi darshan, but got to know about #Delhipollution and so came to Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) instead.”

Another foreign tourist shared her tale with Delhi’s air pollution, “I had been to Delhi, last week and the #Smog was noticeable; have soar throat because of that.”

As government shut schools for 3 days, many have also recoursed to nearby hill stations to get a sigh of relief.

Confirming the news, Booking Incharge of Himachal Tourism hotels also said, “Tourists are cancelling plans and coming here instead. We are getting many walk-in guests at Dharamshala due to Delh smog.”

The national capital has witnessed worst air pollution ever with PH levels rising 15-16 times the safer limits. Meanwhile the city administration has banned all types of excavation, backfilling works in the metro sites, schools has been shut for 3 days, use of kerosene is banned, authorities are sprinkling water on roads and several steps have been taken to tackle the situation in the shortest possible time frame.

While the Delhi tourism ministry official has refused to accpet that tourists are not visiting Delhi. He said, “Inbound tourist traffic has not witnessed a dip on account of the continuing smog. The tourism ministry has not issued any advisory (asking tourists not to visit Delhi), as this is a temporary phenomenon that will get blown off after the rains that are expected.”

As bookings are done in advance the dip in arrivals is not seen initially but if the situation curtails for long, it may affect the business, said a worried tourists operator.

Wefornews Bureau

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