Nainital is no longer far from the madding crowds. The tourist rush is hurting not only the serenity of the town but also its ecological health
Rajshekhar Pant | July 24, 2017 | Nainital
A small central Himalayan settlement in Uttarakhand – Nainital, with spellbinding topography, earned the sobriquet ‘natural amphitheatre’ from its colonial masters in the nineteenth century. This is thanks to its lake, about 1.5 km long and 0.5 km wide. It is surrounded by seven hills. A two-tiered mall road runs along its shoreline and a vast levelled expanse (known as ‘flats’) is perched on its western flank. The hill station was once known for its cleanliness, colonial hangover and an elite and sophisticated air that marked its general ambience. But with a limited carrying capacity, it had limited possibilities too.
Traffic at the Mall road – walkers’ nightmare
Filth on the dried part of the lake
Muck and garbage getting flushed into the lake with the rainwater
Parking at the ‘flats’
(The photo story appears in the July 16-31, 2017 issue of Governance Now)
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