Tourism bears brunt of disaster

For Satya Paul Kochhar, chairman of the Madhuban Group of hotels, it is the worst tourist season in June in the hill resort of Mussoorie. “Normally, May-June is the period, when most of the tourists come to Mussoorie due to summer holidays. After the devastations, the panic-stricken tourists went back to their homes,” said Kochhar, who owns Madhuban Highlands at the Queen of Hills.

The much flourished tourism sector in Uttarakhand has virtually come to a grinding halt in the hill state in the wake of the deaths and destructions caused by floods and landslides.

Top tourism officials here said floods in Uttarakhand have brought down the tourism business to 20 to 30 percent. The hill resorts like Mussoorie and Nainital have not remained untouched to the fear psychosis created by floods and heavy rains.

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