Ahead of Republic Day, the Pune district administration reopened public places and tourist spots to visitors from Monday, saying the Covid-19 situation is now under control and fewer people are hospitalized in reason for infection.
The relaxation will allow people, mainly hikers, to visit different forts in the neighborhood. Sightseeing sites in and around several neighborhood dams and historic sites were also opened.
“All shops, hotels and tourist spots in the rural part of the Pune district would be open from January 24,” said collector Rajesh Deshmukh. Elected officials have raised the fact that the livelihoods of many depend on tourism and that restrictions need to be eased, he said.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar after the review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the district on Saturday declared relaxations for tourist sites, parks, open spaces and swimming pools. The decision was made after the administration came under public pressure to reopen the venues.
On January 11, the Pune district administration imposed restrictions on all tourist sites such as forts, dams, historical places and destinations like Lonavala, Lavasa and Sahara City in the district.