The beauty of the Kempty falls was marred when landslides caused boulders to fall on it about two years ago, and now the district administration and the tourism department need to take steps to restore the site.
Located at a distance of 17 km from Mussoorie, the Kempty falls is a sought-after destination for millions of tourists who visit the Queen of Hills each year.
However, its beauty was marred in July 2012 when a landslide caused large boulders to fall in the centre of the falls. These boulders obstructed and diverted the flow of water.
“About 2 years ago, there was a landslide and large boulders fell into the falls. Since then the beauty of this place has been diminished,” said Jabar Singh, a local resident.
Residents said that earlier water used to fall from a greater height creating more scenic beauty but the boulders that fell in the fall have reduced the height from which water now falls.
Mukesh Kumar, a tourist from New Delhi said, “We visited this waterfall several years ago and at that time the fall was more beautiful. But now it seems that the flow of water in the fall has been obstructed.”
Sandeep Sahni, president of Hotels and Restaurant Association of Uttarakhand also expressed concern at the condition of Kempty falls. “Kempty falls is an important tourist spot and it is high time that serious efforts are made to beautify the falls. Since it falls in Tehri district, the district administration needs to be involved,” Sahni said.
Residents including local shopkeepers accuse the tourism department of neglecting this tourist spot which attracts millions of tourists each year.
Singh said, “The tourism department boasts of promoting tourism in Uttarakhand but in reality they do very little on the ground.”
When HT tried to contact secretary tourism, Umakant Panwar, he did not answer the phone despite repeated attempts.