Drunk in Himachal? Police will drop you back to your hotel; CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu says ‘no jail’ for tourists

As thousands of tourists gather in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate Christmas and New Year, the state government is actively working to ensure optimal hospitality. On Monday, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu appealed to tourists to comply with all rules and regulations. He declared that if law enforcement encounters intoxicated tourists, they will be escorted to hotels rather than being subjected to imprisonment.

This proactive measure is a response to the substantial influx of tourists during the festive season. The state government, grappling with significant economic losses from tragic floods, aims to capitalize on the tourism potential of the region.

\”We aspire to promote tourism in the state. Eating joints, Dhaba, and restaurants have been opened, operating 24 hours a day from December 20 to January 5 to ensure tourists encounter no inconveniences,\” affirmed the Chief Minister.

He underscored that instead of incarcerating inebriated tourists, the police will assist in their return to hotels. Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu urged all tourists to adhere to established rules and regulations.

Providing an update, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu mentioned that approximately 30,000 tourists entered the state on Monday, leading to significant traffic congestion in hill areas, as reported on social media. \”Over 30,000 tourist vehicles have entered the state today,\” the CM noted, underscoring the state government\’s special efforts to address the needs of tourists.

The Significance of Tourism for Himachal Pradesh: The scenic landscapes of Himachal Pradesh attract a multitude of visitors seeking a peaceful retreat in nature. Tourism plays a pivotal role in the state\’s economy, contributing to 7.3% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

In the face of financial strain exacerbated by floods in June, Himachal Pradesh is gradually recovering economically. Tourists play a crucial role in the government\’s endeavors to revitalize the hill state\’s economy and set it back on track.

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