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India tourists turned away from hotels

India tourists turned away from hotels

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Hotels that normally accommodate thousands of India tourists and are a key source of income, have had to turn away guests and refund bookings.

The Himalayan city of Shimla has been suffering from a severe water shortage for over a week causing some hotels to shut down completely for the time being.

Hotels and locals are pleading for tourists to stay away from the popular Indian tourist city of Shimla because of the water crisis. Even those on social media are begging tourists to stay away so “the place can breathe for a while.”

Nearly 200,000 residents have been forced to stand in long lines with plastic buckets in order to collect water from tanks provided by city officials. The water crisis is being blamed on a dry winter, with the mountainous region witnessing record-low snowfall this year.

According to the owner of Gulmohar Regency, Gopal Agarwal, they have had to refund about 100 hotel bookings. The head of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of North India, Sanjay Sood, said they have been sending message on WhatsApp warning hotel guests of the water situation.

The Shimla city administration has postponed a popular tourist event, the International Shimla Summer Festival. India tourists flock to Shimla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to escape the heat of the Indian summer.

Water availability in India’s 91 reservoirs is at its lowest in a decade, with stocks at a paltry 29% of their total storage capacity, according to the Central Water Commission. Some 85% of the country’s drinking water comes from aquifers, but their levels are falling, according to WaterAid.

Thousands of villagers in the drought-hit state of Maharashtra depend on tankers for water, and states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have spent more than a century arguing over ownership of river waters in the country.

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