Udaipur : In a bid to increase safety at tourist spots, the administration is all set to introduce ‘no-selfie zones’ , where visitors wont be able to click selfies. The Udaipur Municipal Corporation and Urban Improvement Trust would soon identify tourist hot spots in their limits and install signages prohibiting the clicking of selfies here. The decision was taken at the meeting of the district tourism development committee held at the collectorate here on Tuesday wherein representatives of the concerning departments including tourism, UMC, UIT, transport and forest etc were present.
“As an increasing number of people die due to selfie-related accidents, experts are recommending for “no-selfie zones” at tourist locations across the globe to prevent people from partaking in risky behavior for the sake of the perfect photo. In Udaipur too, where thousands of tourists come every year, we have decided to introduce the concept to prevent selfie related accidents” Mayor Chandra Singh Kothari said. Badi lake, Sajjangarh, GangaurGhat, Maanji ka Mandir, Fatehsagar pal etc are the proposed sites where such signages would appear soon.
According to experts, selfies are not dangerous, however, the dangerous part is the human behaviour that accompanies the selfies. Udaipur being a tourist city with lots of water bodies and locations situated on greater altitude, the risk of selfie related accidents is seen to be on a higher side. People specially youths are seen snapping selfies by the lake side and even trying to climb on the cement railings installed there. Among the other major decisions taken by the committee include deploying NCC cadets at the tourists help centers to help the visitors, restarting the heritage walk project , making a transport master plan for tourists and residents inside the walled city area etc.