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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Traffic woes, a deterrent for tourists going to Mussoorie

Abhinav Madhwal , Hindustan Times  Dehradun, June 25, 2014
First Published: 15:21 IST(25/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:29 IST(25/6/2014)

If you are planning to visit Musoorie over the weekend, you might want to rethink. Situation turned problematic last Saturday and Sunday when big traffic jams left a lot of tourists fatigued.

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Summers this time have been ruthless with temperatures crossing 35 degree Celsius. People from neighbouring districts and Delhi have been making a beeline towards the Queen of hills to beat the sweltering heat.

This has resulted in the only route at present, leading to Mussoorie, to become extremely traffic heavy.

Around five alternate routes have been developed to reach the city, but are closed at the moment due to forest related clearances.

Doon police said, “We would be taking steps this week to ensure that traffic jams do not interfere with tourists on the Dehradun-Mussoorie highway. Additional police personnel will be deployed to ensure that traffic rules are followed and vehicles do not move in an erratic manner.

SP traffic, Pradeep Kumar rai said, “The problem has risen mainly because the number of vehicles is rising and the width of roads is limited.

He points out that there are parking facilities only for 1,200 vehicles in the city.

The problem is compounded by the fact that there are 4,500 vehicles in Mussoorie itself. Apart from this, the number of vehicles going from Dehradun to Mussoorie on weekends is close to 8,000 to 10,000.

The main intersection in Mussoorie, Library Chowk has little capacity for holding vehicles, which leads to a chaos in traffic.

Rai said, “The police is grappling with the problem that the carrying capacity of the road is very less and the limited parking.

Despite this, we would be deploying additional personnel that would help in negotiating the traffic properly.


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