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Please don’t come’: Tourists turned away from India’s famed hill resort as water dries up
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‘Please don’t come’: Tourists turned away from India’s famed hill resort as water dries up
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May 30 2018

New Delhi— For generations during scorching Indian summers, tourists have been flocking to Shimla — a hill station retreat with charming colonial architecture and views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

Now, however, Shimla’s locals are begging tourists — the lifeblood of its economy — to stay away from their town in the midst of an acute water shortage.

Many of the town’s nearly 200,000 residents have been without water for more than a week, forced to stand with plastic buckets in long water lines along its famed Mall Road — where shops and restaurants are normally crowded with visitors this year. Tempers have frayed, protests broken out several times and and parched and angry residents marched on the home of the state’s chief minister.

"Some parts of town feel like they are straight out a Hollywood Armageddon flick,"  said Varun Cheemra, 35,  a e-commerce executive. "People are at their wits' end, often breaking into arguments and even fisticuffs over a bucket of water. There's a faint but distinct stench of treated sewage in the air."

Now they’ve taken to social media to ask tourists to stay away — at the beginning of high season — so their city can recover.

“Stop visiting Shimla!” a message that went viral on social media exhorted this week. “The residents are barely getting water to drink, and at a few places, sewage water is being supplied to the houses. And it’ll only get worse as tourists throng to the place in large numbers during June.”