Reopening Tourism: Traditional leaders seek strict monitoring of tourists entering Sohra 


With the reopening of the tourism sector in the state from today, residents of Sohra (Cherrapunjee), one of the most visited places in the country, have urged the government to exercise strict monitoring of tourists visiting the town.

In this regard, traditional leaders, including the junior chieftain (Syiem Khynnah) of Hima Sohra, met the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of East Khasi Hills on Tuesday to discuss protocols concerning the reopening of the tourism sector. 

A delegation from the Hima Sohra submitted a proposal to the DC for setting up entry points for all tourists, both locals and outstations, entering the Sohra area.

"There needs to be a regulatory mechanism to check the vaccination status and the validity of the negative Covid reports of those travelling to Sohra," said Syiem. He informed that they have already sought the guidelines from the Tourism Department and on their part, have submitted additional guidelines to the DC. 

The delegation also proposed to help in manning the entry points given the shortage of manpower on the part of the government. "We request the DC to make sure that the government takes necessary steps regarding the proposal," Syiem said. 

As for the local tourists, the traditional leader said that since the vaccination status in the state is only around 50 percent, "we cannot take things lightly and have to be careful with everyone, including the local tourists".

(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)

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