Updated: July 21, 2021 1:54:35 pm
Despite the imposition of Section 144 in Pune district, people continue to visit tourist spots like dams and waterfalls, especially in Maval area, which has four dams and over 100 waterfalls. Now, Maval police have sealed the points leading to these waterfalls.
Police said the restrictions will continue not only on weekends but on all weekdays including Thursdays, which is a weekly off for industrial units in Maval and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
“We have sealed all major points leading to waterfalls in Maval taluka. There are over 100 waterfalls in the talukas and Section 144 has been imposed around the waterfalls, dams and other popular tourist points,” Additional Superintendent of Police Navneet Rawat told The Indian Express on Tuesday.
Dams are another major attraction for tourists in Maval taluka.
Rawat said though they have put in place strict measures to prevent revellers from flocking to waterfalls, they are still some who sneak into areas near waterfalls and lakes, especially during the night.
“Though we have sealed the major points, there are several other points from where tourists reach the waterfall or dam areas, especially during night time. Many of them are not aware of the topography of the area, still they go for a swim or venture into waterfalls. Without understanding the depth of the water, revellers go for a swim, resulting into drowning incidents. The waterfall areas are slippery, and people often slip and suffer injuries. Sometimes, the injuries prove fatal,” he said, while urging tourists to avoid risking their lives at such spots.
Meanwhile, the police in Lonavala, a major tourist attraction for tourists from both Pune and Mumbai, said they are on watch throughout the week. “Section 144 will be applicable on all days of the week and not just on weekends. Even on Thursdays, when tourists flock to Lonavala, we will be taking action against those heading to dams or waterfalls,” said Dilip Pawar, senior police inspector at Lonavala police station.
Police Inspector T Y Mujawar of Lonavala Rural Police said, “We have fined over 300 tourists on weekends for violating the norms. Many of them were found flouting the passenger capacity norms.”
Mujawar said they have put up barricades two to three km from waterfalls. “Those heading to the tourist spots in vehicles are turned back and are not even allowed to get down. And those carrying more passengers than permitted are fined. In any vehicle, only 50 per cent passenger capacity is allowed,” he said.
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