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Rising Covid-19 cases: Prohibitory orders issued in tourist spots across Pune

Groups of five or more persons are prohibited from entering the one-km perimetre of tourist destinations under Section 144, Pune Rural police said on Tuesday.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: January 12, 2022 7:15:14 am
The order prohibits other activities which can cause law and order disturbance like the illegal sale and consumption of liquor, illegal sale of food and irresponsible disposal waste, use of loud sound systems and rash driving. (File)

The Pune district administration has issued prohibitory orders for 50 tourist spots in its seven talukas due to rising number of Covid-19 cases. Groups of five or more persons are prohibited from entering the one-km perimetre of tourist destinations under Section 144, Pune Rural police said on Tuesday.

Considering the spread of the Omicron variant and the lack of adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour at tourist places, Pune Rural Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh had sent a proposal to District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh, seeking prohibitory orders at tourist places.

The orders were issued by Deshmukh, who is administrative in-charge of law and order in areas other than those covered under Pune City and Pimpri Chinchwad police jurisdictions.

“It is not possible to ensure strict implement of Covid-appropriate behaviour in tourist spots. Thus, it has been decided to impose restrictions as per the demand…,” he said. “Legal action will be taken against those violating Covid rules,” he said.

The order bans entry of five or more people to these tourist destinations and seeks strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour. It also prohibits other activities which can cause law and order issues such as illegal sale and consumption of liquor, illegal sale of food and irresponsible disposal waste, use of loud sound systems and rash driving.

Following is the list of tourist spots where Section 144 is in effect:

Maval: Bhushi Dam, Ghubad Lake, Lonavala Dam, Tungarli Dam, Rajmachi, Monkey Point, Amrutanjan Bridge, Valvan Dam, Vehergaon, Tiger Point, Lion Point, Shivling Point, Karla Caves, Bhaje Caves, Pavana Dam area, Forts: Lohgad, Tung, Visapur, Tikona.

Mulshi: Lavasa, Temghar Dam, Mulshi Dam, Pimpridari, Sahara City, Kalvan area.

Haveli: Ghera Singhagad, Sinhagad Fort, Donje, Khadakwasla Dam

Ambegaon: Dimbhe Dam, Ahupe

Junnar: Forts: Shivneri, Savand and Hadsar, Ambe Hatvij, Wadaj, Manikdoh Dam, Leopard Rescue Centre.

Bhor: Forts: Rohadeshwar and Rayreshwar, Bhatghar dam, Neera Devdhar Dam, Ambavade, Bhor Palace, Malhargad

Welha: Forts: Torna and Rajgad, Panshet Dam, Varasgaon Dam.

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