Tourists violating security measures in Bhor taluka must face action

Tourists are risking their lives by walking without safety gear, taking photos at risky spots and going solo. We have put up signs around the Bhatghar dam to prevent people from entering deep into the backwaters and other risky areas, an official said

As people head for tourist spots, forts and treks during the rainy season, the Pune district administration has taken steps to check unfortunate incidents involving visitors in these places.

The administration has launched awareness campaigns and will take action against those who violate safety standards at tourist spots and forts in Bhor taluka.

“Tourists risk their lives by walking without safety equipment, taking photos at risky locations and traveling alone. We have installed signs around the Bhatghar dam to prevent people from going deep into the backwaters and other risky areas. Also, there are other places like ‘Necklace point’ and forts in Bhor taluka where people go hiking without taking any security measures,” said Bhor Sub-Division Officer (SDO) Rajendra Kachare.

Past tourist-related incidents include Farhan Ahmed, 24, from Delhi, who lost his life while hiking at Duke’s Nose point in Lonavala. On May 19, five women entered the backwaters of Bhatghar Dam to take photos and drowned.

A 22-year-old mechanical engineer, Omkar Shete, who had gone on a solo bike ride to Tamhini ghat, has been missing for the past six days.

“There is a need for tourists and hikers to hire professionals and wear safety gear. We have put up signs at tourist sites and will take action against those who enter the restricted areas of the Bhatghar Dam backwaters,” Kachare said.

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