Bhubaneswar: As the cyclonic storm “Fani” is inching closure, the buzzing tourism sector of Puri seems to be getting shocks on its impact. The tourists have been advised by the State Government to leave the beach town by May 2 afternoon. Fani is likely to make landfall on May 3. The tourists have also been advised to postpone their tours for a few days.
The District Collector Jyoti Prakash Das has written to the Hotel Association of Puri (HAP) to take the best care of the tourists. Puri is probably the most sought-after tourist destination in Odisha, having 430 hotels, out of which 250 hotels are located close to the sea.
In his letter, Collector Das emphasized the need for hoteliers to extend all possible help and co-operation to the tourists in the event of a crisis. Hoteliers should also sensitize their guests and boarders to remain indoors during the landfall.
The district administration is likely to ban the movement of tourists in the beach from May 3 afternoon. Tourists will be alerted by loudspeakers and public address systems to vacate the beach, subsequently, evacuation of tourists from the beach will be started from the afternoon. Similar, precautionary exercises will be done in Chandrabhaga beach in Konark and Astaranga beach.
Puri sees the influx of tourists during the summer as the temperature rises. According to tour operators, if cyclonic storm “ Fani” hits the Puri coast hard, it will have its impact on the tourism sector. Of course, there is no harm for pilgrims to visit the Jagannath temple.