Lockdown leaves tourists in the Nilgiris disappointed

By Rohan Premkumar
Ooty during the lockdown on January 9, 2022. (Source: The Hindu)

Tourists who travelled on board the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) faced a hard time during the total lockdown on Sunday.

One of the tourists said all restaurants, hotels and tourist spots were closed. It made travelling to the district on Sunday not worth the effort. “We enjoyed the NMR ride to the Nilgiris, and had brought our own food. However, there were a lot of people who came unprepared and were left disappointed that the tourist spots were closed,” he said.

As buses, taxis and autorickshaws too stayed off the road, tourists were also unable to travel very far from the railway station.

Meanwhile, the police kept a strict vigil against people venturing out of their homes. The Nilgiris District Collector, S.P. Amrith, inspected shops in the Udhagamandalam municipal market and is expected to hold discussions about shifting some of the stalls to an alternative site to prevent overcrowding. Around 50 stalls at the farmers’ market in Charring Cross are to be moved to the NCMS parking lot nearby, officials said.

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