Pune District Collector imposes Section 144 on all tourist sites


According to the order, the gathering of five or more people has been restricted to within a kilometer of forts, waterfalls and tourist spots

Pune District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh on Wednesday issued Section 144 restraining orders until July 17 in the district due to forecast heavy rains. According to the order, the gathering of five or more people was restricted to within a kilometer of forts, waterfalls and tourist spots.

Tourist destinations like Sinhagad Fort, Dukes Nose, Ekvira Cave area, Panshet Dam, among other destinations, have been banned for tourists until midnight on July 17.

“It is also prohibited to take photos while swimming in water or near waterfalls. Consuming, selling alcohol in these areas is also prohibited. Stopping vehicles in accident-prone areas, reckless driving and overtaking in dangerous conditions were prohibited,” the order reads.

“We imposed Section 144 due to heavy rain and the decision is intended to minimize loss of property and life during periods of adverse weather conditions. Strict action will be taken against violators,” Deshmukh said.

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