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Uttarakhand HC orders sealing of 50% rooms in parking-less hotels in Nainital

Amidst the incessant entry of tourist vehicles and subsequent traffic jam in Nainital during the peak season, the Uttarakhand High Court ordered the closure of 50% rooms in the hotels which do not have parking facility in their hotel premises. The decision came after a PIL (public interest litigation) was filed by Nainital resident Prof. Ajay Rawat regarding the congestion in the city and frequent traffic jams due to haphazardly parked vehicles on the roads. The court summoned District Magistrate Dipendra Chaudhary, SSP Janmejay Khanduri, RTO Rajiv Mehra and Municipality EO Rohitash Sharma for the hearing.

In the presence of bench consisting of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and U.C. Dhyani, SSP Janmejay Khanduri revealed that Nainital city has the parking facilities for only 1,500 vehicles. However, during the peak season, more than 8,000 vehicles entered Nainital via Haldwani-Bhowali road alone. In addition to that, thousands of biker tourists reached the lake town after Eid.

The High Court bench ordered to seek assistance of traffic specialists to manage the traffic congestion during the peak tourist season. The bench also directed the officials to shift the lake bridge toll booth from Tallital rickshaw stand to Haldwani-Bhowali road and Kaladhungi road. Majority of hotels in Nainital do not have parking facilities yet they allow more guests than necessary. As such 50% rooms in the parking-less hotels will be sealed to ease the congestion in the city.

The Uttarakhand High Court, in stern words, also directed officials to stop illegal pony operation at Bara Patthar. New vehicle permits will also be not issued, and if they are, the vehicles will not be allowed inside Nainital, as per High Court order. The HC also ordered district and police administration to submit the compliance report at earliest.

Inputs from Dainik Jagran