The deadly fascination of selfies has had all of India in thrall. Furthermore, Maharashtra is no special case, with vacationer centers like Lonavala and Khandala frequently reporting passings among careless, click-cheerful holidayers. The latest was that of a 20-year-old tumbling off a Khandala scaffold to his demise, while attempting to click a selfie in June this year.
The risk is palpable to the point that the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has kept in touch with region authorities over the state, guiding them to recognize hazardous spots and set up billboards there, denying selfies. “The letter has been sent to every one of them. In like manner, the region gatherers have been solicited to direct studies from unsafe places and set up threat signs there, prohibiting taking selfies. They have additionally been entrusted with spreading mindfulness among voyagers who visit these spots,” shared MTDC joint overseeing executive Satish Soni.
Aside from that, the tourism company has likewise kick-began mindfulness battles on the online networking, with catchphrases like “My selfie is a safe selfie”, “Let this selfie not be your keep going” et cetera. The letter — a duplicate of which is with Pune Mirror — says that selfies have represented an enormous issue at a few traveler spots over the state, which is the reason the MTDC was compelled to step for visitor security.
Not simply Lonavala and Khandala, even Sinhagad and the numerous posts on Pune’s encompasses have possibly perilous destinations that can be lethal for selfie lunatics. Specialists gauge around eight cases each week from different touristy territories around the city, both major and minor mischances. Despite the fact that a dominant part of these are minor ones, around three to four cases in a year additionally prompt passing or disabling wounds.
Trekker Sunil Gaikwad from Shivadurga Pratishtaan, who helps in saving individuals, distinguished some of these unstable spots. “Lion’s Point in Lonavala and Shooting Point in Khandala are two such destinations. Furthermore, every one of the bastions of strongholds are dangerous for clicking selfies. One such illustration is the Vinchu Kata spot on Lohagad Fort. Nonetheless, the selfie hazard has just gotten up to speed with the voyagers in the last couple of years.”
In the storm session of Parliament this month, tourism clergyman Dr Mahesh Sharma had said that protecting against selfie disasters and alarming individuals are the obligation of the state governments and the Union Territory organization. He focused on that Maharashtra and Karnataka have as of now started taking wellbeing measures for vacationers. An authority from the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) addressed Mirror about their arrangements, saying, “The accurate subtle elements will be known in a couple days. Be that as it may, we have as of now began the way toward planning the arrangement to protect vacationers from such selfie mischances.”
Be that as it may, will the notice signs be paid attention to? Omprakash Bahiwal, boss catastrophe officer from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) whose work broadens even past as far as possible, wasn’t excessively idealistic. “There is still a chance that the notices will be overlooked regardless of the possibility that sheets disallowing individuals from clicking selfies at such places are set up. At numerous spots, there are blockades to dissuade individuals from entering the peril zones. Be that as it may, individuals happily cross these blockades to parade their daredevilry to peers by means of the online networking. Individuals’ attitudes need to change. They ought to be dependable and shun such follows up on their own agreement. The sheets can give them a notice, however tailing it is the vacationer’s privilege.”