Peed off in Himachal Pradesh

I couldn’t let this story go past without bringing your attention to it.

It seems that the good burghers of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India are getting better at bladder control.

Himachal Pradesh Police are dealing with pollution of a different kind – tourists who urinate in the open despite the existence of washrooms.

The roadsides along the hills have become happy easing grounds for tourists, who routinely disembark from their vehicles to answer the nature’s call.

To deal with the menace and avoid embarrassment for the locals, police have put up signboards along the national highway running through the state.

A number of such boards can be seen around popular ‘dhabas’ or eateries in this town of Solan district that lies on the Kalka-Shimla highway.  Shimla, which used to be called Simla, is the capital of Himachal Pradesh.  The town is also known as the “Queen of the Hills” because its height above sea level keeps it relatively cool, making it a very popular destination for those escaping the heat of the plains below.

The notices warn the visitors against urinating in the open and urge them to use the washrooms instead.     

Apparently, on an average, five to six people were being fined daily, but since the police have taken more than a piddling interest in the activity the stream of abusers has slowed to a trickle.

One local, who works in one of the eating joints located on the outskirts of this town, said the police are maintaining a strict vigil around the place and that cops manage to lay their hands on one or two violators every day.

The highway is dotted with a number of ‘dhabas’ and restaurants. Many people, especially on weekends, travel uphill from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana for a long drive on full bladders.

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