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Iconic Kempty Falls losing tourists due to host of civic issues

Mussoorie: From massive traffic snarls, scarcity of parking spaces, and lack of cleanliness to poor waste management among other civic issues, Mussoorie's famous kempty Falls is gradually losing its charm. Several tourists thronged the hill station over the Eid long weekend and only returned dissatisfied. "First we got stuck in a huge traffic jam and later, we faced issues in parking our vehicle. Later upon reaching the waterfall, we found a complete lack of cleanliness and poor condition of public toilets," said Shyam Sundar  Goel, one of the tourists, who visited the tourist spot recently. "We had heard a lot about this waterfall but were disappointed with the place," said another tourist, Amarinder Singh.
The lack of sufficient parking spaces has become one of the major issues for the visitors here.
Speaking about it, Naresh Nautiyal, a shopkeeper in the vicinity, told, "A parking for about 100 cars was made by the tourism department a few years ago and apart from that, we do not have any other parking facility. During rush hours, there could be at least 200 to 300 vehicles at this popular spot, and tourists are then forced to park on the roadside, which results in severe traffic snarls."
Satish Tripathi, an engineer with Zilla Panchayat told that there was a need to develop a new parking lot and the tourism department could fund it. Besides, the lack of maintenance of public toilets, especially at the falls, has come as a rude jolt to the tourists. "The doors of the toilet were broken and there was no Cleanliness. It was pathetic," Amarinder added.
"We are managing two toilets at the waterfall which are in good condition but one toilet is being managed by  Sulabh international and we are receiving complaints about its upkeep," said Tripathi. "We will be conducting a clean-up cum awareness drive next week to deal with solid waste," he added.
Moreover, over the past decade, several shops have mushroomed in the area resulting in a shortage of drinking water and encroachment, say residents.
Despite repeated attempts, Dilip Jawalkar, principal secretary tourism department could not be reached on the matter.

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