Heavy snowfall has brought a large number of tourists to Shimla but only to face troubles. For the past four days, there is no electricity and water supply and the supply of bread, milk and eggs too has been hit.
Those associated with the tourism industry are not happy with the failure of the state government in restoring the essential services. Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association (North India) president Sanjay Sood, through micro blogging site Twitter, has sought the help of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in restoring electricity to the hill town.
Sanjay Sood said the tourism industry has been left in the cold and the state government is doing nothing to help the tourists. He said Shimla is in the race to become a smart city, but the city itself is without power for the past four days and even the emergency helpline numbers are not working.
Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association president M K Seth said the government machinery has miserably failed to restore basic amenities in the state capital despite their claim to have sufficient arrangements to deal with any kind of calamity.
He said hoteliers are compelled to keep the hotels vacant as there is no electricity and water. “It is unfortunate that the road between Victory tunnel and Lakkar bazar was cleared after one-and-a-half day. Hoteliers couldn’t get water through tankers because of slippery roads and tankers could not fill water due to non-availability of electricity,” he said. Attacking the municipal corporation, he said the civic body charges highest water tariff in the state up to Rs 185 per kilo litre, but fails to resume water supply.
“The association wants to tell the government that the industry is becoming unviable due to heavy taxation, high water and electricity tariff,” he added. Wendel Clark Womens JerseyShare This