DC visits Kekkanahalli checkpoint on Kerala border and asks staff to strictly enforce protocols
The Chamarajanagar District Administration has restricted the entry of tourists to some popular destinations on weekends in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 due to the alarming outbreak in neighboring Kerala. Tourists wishing to stay at resorts or hotels here must submit negative RT-PCR reports dated within 72 hours to obtain accommodation.
Fearing a possible third wave, the district administration has stepped up surveillance at border checkpoints. Staff have been ordered to deny entry to travelers from Kerala who do not produce negative reports by RT-PCR. Two doses of vaccination can’t get them into the state unless they get tested and the report is negative.
According to an order issued by Deputy Commissioner MR Ravi, the animal safari organized by the Forest Department in the district is canceled during the weekends to avoid the influx of tourists.
The Barachukki and Hogenakkal waterfalls, which attract many tourists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, as well as many tourists from the state, will also be off-limits to tourists on weekends. The decree on the sidewalks is applicable from August 2 to 15.
Bharachukki in Chamarajnagar and Gaganachukki in Mandya District, which are twin waterfalls, come alive during monsoon. Both places witness a high influx, especially on weekends, as all the roads lead to the sites to see the breathtaking waterfalls.
Act on CM’s diktat
Mr Ravi issued the order on the instructions of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai who recently had a meeting with the deputy commissioners of the districts bordering Kerala.
The chief minister had asked the district administrations to take the appropriate measures for the Kerala cases. As a result, the district administration saw fit to impose additional restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic.
In accordance with the order, all temples will remain open only for “darshan” and no rituals will be allowed.
The temples, including the Sri Malai Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple on the MM Hills, will only remain open Monday through Friday and will remain closed to worshipers on weekends until August 15. However, temple priests can perform daily pujas on weekends. Utsavas, services, prasada seva, ‘dasoha’ and ‘mudi’ seve have been restricted.
The deputy commissioner also asked heads of departments not to organize programs such as groundbreaking ceremonies, inaugurations and gatherings within their jurisdiction.
The Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by Police Superintendent Divya Sarah Thomas and DHO Ravi, visited the Kekkanahalli border checkpoint and inspected the surveillance measures.