Punjab Govt Lifts Ban on Tourists’ Entry in Murree

After 10 days of the Murree snowfall tragedy, which claimed 23 lives, the government has lifted a travel ban on tourists entering Murree and Galiyat.

Following the Murree tragedy, the Punjab government barred tourists from entering the town except for locals by erecting a roadblock. After 8 days, the district administration granted tourists conditional permission to enter Murree after January 17.

As many as 8000 vehicles will be permitted to enter the hill station, and entry will be prohibited from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.; however, locals and military vehicles, including those from Azad Kashmir, will be exempt from this restriction.

Only 900 vehicles entered Murree on the first day, according to traffic police. A record of tourist vehicles entering and exiting Murree is also being kept from the main entry point. Hotels have also reduced their rents as a result of fewer visitors.

At least 23 people were killed earlier this month in a massive traffic jam caused by tens of thousands of visitors flocking to the hill town to see unusually heavy snowfall.

In the meantime, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab has issued a warning about expected snowfall and rainfall in Murree and other districts throughout the province.

From Tuesday to Thursday morning, the PDMA Punjab has issued a warning about possible rain and snowfall in Murree, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, and Lahore.

The PDMA has recommended all deputy commissioners and emergency services in the province take preventative measures in order to avoid human and material losses.

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