Second wave of Covid-19 hit tourism in Patratu valley in Jharkhand
The tourism sector in Patratu Valley, Jharkhand, had picked up since November last year, with tourists flocking in large numbers to the valley to enjoy majestic views of the hills and enjoy water sports on the river. Patratu lake. However, the second wave of Covid-19 changed everything. The increase in Covid-19 cases has hit tourism in the valley hard.
According to local tourism operators, the famous Patratu Lake Resort has been opened to the public but there are hardly any tourists left after the second wave. Tourists not visiting the valley, small restaurants, hotels, shops, water sports owners and other small businessmen find it difficult to prepare two meals a day.
According to residents, only 10 to 15% of the previous tourist attendance is now observed. “Tourists reach the valley on Sunday, but the numbers are much lower,” said a local businessman.
“The fear of a third wave is driving people away from the valley,” explains a restaurant owner.
About 150 boatmen are totally dependent on tourists visiting the lake. One of the boatmen said: “We used to make something between Rs 600 and Rs 1000 per day, but in the current situation it is difficult to make Rs 300 per day.”
Raja Kumar, a restaurateur, says: “It is becoming difficult to operate my business here. With people not visiting the place, we are running out of money to pay our staff. “
Local resident Waris Khan said people who completely depend on the lake for their source of income have been hit the hardest during the pandemic.
The Patratu Lake complex was opened to tourists in 2019. It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das. Patratu Valley is a tourist spot for its scenic beauty. Located about 50 kilometers from the state capital Ranchi, it is a weekend destination for many.
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