Punekars flock to tourist spots ahead of new restrictions take effect

As of Monday, statewide restrictions will take effect due to the growing number of Covid cases and as a result people appeared to be out for the weekend to enjoy long journeys and hikes while they still could.

PUNE Crowds of visitors were seen at sights in Pune district over the weekend, with Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Bhor taluka becoming must-see destinations.

As of Monday, statewide restrictions will take effect due to the growing number of Covid cases and as a result people appeared to be out for the weekend to enjoy long journeys and hikes while they still could.

On Sunday, there were lines of vehicles at the Khed Shivapur naka tollgate on the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway and also at the Urse naka tollgate on the Pune-Mumbai highway.

“Our whole family had been to Mahabaleshwar. It was a planned trip and before the new restrictions started we wanted to reunite a family. We never know how many more restrictions will be imposed and all tourist sites could be closed, ”said Priyanka Deshpande, a resident of Pune for the weekend.

Rajesh Navale, owner of a hotel in Lonavala, said: “Suddenly we have seen a huge influx of people from Pune and Mumbai since yesterday. People are invading tourist spots all around Lonavala.

Under new restrictions imposed by the state government, as of January 10, only four people are allowed to travel by car. Covid vaccine doses and a negative Covid report are required for travel.

Speaking anonymously, a tourism official from Pune said: “We sent our five cars into service as the public was in high demand to visit Sinhagad Fort, Lonavala and also pilgrimage sites across the state. , like Pandharpur. People took advantage of the last day before the restrictions. ”

Pune District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh said: “When going out for a picnic or any other tourist spot, it is necessary that people strictly follow Covid standards, like wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing for their own safety. Now, according to the new state guidelines for travel, a full vaccination or a negative Covid report is required. We need to stop the spread of the virus and also prevent infection. ”

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