Watch: Tourists Escape Heat Wave Only to End Up in Traffic Jams
As a heatwave grips the country's plains, it has pushed a huge number of tourist to the relatively cooler hilly regions. Tourists are flocking to the hill stations in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. However, this has led to massive traffic jams and congestion, forcing some of them to return.
The heavy influx of tourists on narrow roads in the hilly state of Uttarakhand has doubled the commute time from Haridwar to Char Dham. It is now taking almost 18 hours to reach Badrinath from Haridwar, an official in Chamoli told PTI.
Other hill stations like Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Rudraprayag, and Nainital are facing the same problem.
Manali to Implement One-Way Traffic
Manali administration on Wednesday announced that they have decided to implement one-way vehicular movement to control traffic jam and congestion.
“A new traffic plan has been created that includes the provision of one way traffic. Be it for city roads towards Manali town or the national highway. There will be one-way vehicular movement. For effective implementation of plan we will need cooperation of all the stakeholders. This plan will be permanently in place. It will be implemented 365 days, 24/7 so that our local residents and tourists are able to make it a habit.”Raman Gharsangi, SDM, Manali
Overpriced Hotels Compound the Problem
After battling traffic jams and congestion on the road, those who finally made it to the hill stations were greeted by overpriced and overbooked hotels. Some tourists said that they are thinking about cutting short vacations.
Large swathes of the country have been searing under markedly high temperatures for the past several days, with the mercury hovering around the 50-degree Celsius mark in many areas in north India. Delhi recorded its highest ever temperature in June on Monday when the mercury touched 48°C.