District administration calls for suggestions to improve tourist safety

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 28 July 2018

Several tourists died this year and in 2017 at tourist spots in Pune, which has forced the government to plan preventive measures.

Pune: The district administration has asked for suggestions from various government departments including police, Tourism Department and others for improving tourist spots in Pune to make them safer and convenient. 

From the past few years, Pune has seen a high footfall of tourists from across the country. The high footfall has also led to issues of safety, traffic chaos and other problems at such tourist spots and so the administration has planned to take concrete steps to solve these problems.

Several tourists died this year and in 2017 at tourist spots in Pune, which has forced the government to plan measures to avoid such incidents.

On July 15, Ishita Mukund Mate (15), a resident of Magarpatta City, fell off Tung Fort near Lonavla and succumbed to her injuries. Similarly, on February 10, Chetan Dhande (27) died after falling into a gorge while climbing a 15-foot patch at Kalvantin Point - part of Prabalgad Fort in Panvel.

Four persons have died at tourist spots in Pune this season, including 42-year-old GH Agrahari, who drowned at Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga in Khed taluka on July 15. Officials of the district administration said that tourists face problems of stay, safety, parking and others at tourist spots and so there is a need to collect information about the same so that such facilities are provided by the government, which will lead to increase in tourism.

Vijaysinh Deshmukh, who has the temporary charge as resident deputy collector, said that once the information is provided by the respective government departments, a meeting will be called and an action plan will be prepared, which will strengthen safety of tourists.

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