After the Murree tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of at least 22 visitors, an inquiry commission has determined to close hotels that do not have parking facilities.
Following a visit to several locations throughout Murree, the investigation team made the decision to seal illegally constructed hotels, retail malls, and apartments, in addition to closing down any establishment that did not have a place for parking.
The panel declared that encroachments along the key roads leading to Murree are a major source of traffic jams in the hill station and suggested that a comprehensive operation be launched to clear the encroachments.
Today, the investigating team will take the statements of more people who were affected by the Murree tragedy.
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Just days after the incident, the administration of Rawalpindi yesterday approved the entry of vehicles into the tourist attraction, subject to a number of conditions, starting on January 17. A notification was also issued in this regard by the Commissioner of Rawalpindi’s office.
Murree will remain closed to tourists until January 17, according to the notification, which states that 8,000 cars will be allowed to enter Murree daily from all sites in normal weather circumstances.
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Residents of Murree and Azad Kashmir will not be subject to the vehicle entry ban, and the Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) will be in charge of developing the Traffic Plan.
Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., tourists will not be permitted to enter the hill station. The Chief Traffic Officer will communicate with the meteorological department.