Himachal Pradesh: 7 tourists from Delhi dance to loud music inside Atal Tunnel, cause traffic jam; booked

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New Delhi: In a shameful incident, seven youngsters, on a road trip to Kullu-Manali, stopped midway inside the Atal Tunnel in Rohtang and created nuisance by dancing to loud music. Their irresponsible behaviour disrupted the movement of traffic and posed threat to other travellers, police said.

Seven tourists from Delhi dance inside Atal Tunnel [Representative image]

Based on multiple complaints and video clips showing tourists dancing to loud music in the middle of the Atal Tunnel, the Kullu police registered a case and detained seven youngsters, who are residents of Narela neighbourhood in Delhi, and their driver on Thursday evening. Three vehicles belonging to them have also been impounded.

This won’t be tolerated, says SP

“Tourists caused nuisance inside the tunnel which was a clear violation of traffic rules. This will not be tolerated. Such activities in tunnel pose threat to the passengers. We are still investigating the matter,” a report by The Times of India quoted Kullu SP Gaurav Singh as saying.
  • Those take into police custody have been identified as Rishav Gupta (19), Raveen Mangal (19), Shivam Singal (19), Ritik Goyal (20), Harpreet Singh (12), Simran Singh (25) and their driver Sandeep (37).
  • The 9.02 km-long Atal Tunnel, which is the longest highway tunnel in the world and connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 3 this year. It reduces the road distance by 46 kilometres between Manali and Leh in Union Territory of Ladhak.

Tourists bring crime, pollution to Lahaul valleys

  • Earlier, reports had emerged that opening of the Atal Tunnel for tourists has exposed ecologically sensitive and culturally distinct Lahaul valleys to crime and pollution.
  • Tourists dumped empty water and liquor bottles and packets of chips anywhere with convenience. Also, some incidents of theft and eve-teasing by tourists were reported in the region.

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