Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Manali Increases Surveillanc to Tackle With Summer Season

Himachal Vacation Travel News MANALI: In the wake of the expected rush of tourists in the summer season to resorts of Manali, the Kullu police are deploying extra force, including home guards and reserve battalion personnel to maintain law and order in the town. Hoteliers have been instructed to install CCTV cameras in their reception rooms at the earliest.
Due to increasing terrorist activities and constantly growing tourist influx, the district police have decided to double the surveillance across the popular tourist spots of Kullu-Manali.
Kullu superintendent of police Abhishek Dular said, "Tourists come to enjoy and we are committed to provide them a friendly and secure environment." Dular added that close circuit cameras would record all activities on Mall Road while all the hotel owners have been instructed to install such security cameras before the beginning of the season. He said that hoteliers have been advised to pay extra heed to registration of guests and police have launched online C-form filling portal for foreigner guests.
"The interested hotel owners can now submit C-form online where they will have to enter the details of passport and visa. This will save the precious time of both police and hotel owners. Those who don't have internet facility can visit the police station," Dular added.
Hour-long traffic jam on Manali-Rohtang highway has been the subject of concern for tourism entrepreneurs. The journey takes almost six to eight hours for vehicles to cover a stretch of 104 km to and fro journey.
To cope with this years-old problem, police are engaged in preparing a traffic blueprint. Manali Hoteliers' Association president Gajender Thakur said pamphlets with instructions and do's and don'ts would be distributed among all the tourists at green tax barrier, the gateway to Manali.
The peak summer season of Manali is assumed to begin from May 15 which lasts till mid July.
In all 25 lakh tourists had arrived in Manali last year and the number is likely to increase this year.
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