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Tourist access to Shillong Peak restricted

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Jan 7 - Tourist movement to the highest peak in Meghalaya, the Shillong Peak, which is accessible only through the Air Force base, has been restricted in view of the high security alert sounded across the country post the Pathankot Air Force base attack, Defence officials said.

�As a precautionary measure, the entry to Air Force Station has been restricted. This would restrict movement of tourists to Shillong View Point,� the official said yesterday.

He, however, said, no restriction was imposed on the movement of the local residents in and out of the camp and the district administration and the police have been informed of the restriction imposed.

On an average, in the absence of an alternate route to the peak, over 1,600 tourists use the two-km long Air Force road inside the station to gain access to the 1,965-metre high view point located south of the State�s capital.

The peak requires constant guarding to prevent anti- national elements from taking advantage of this tourist rush to pose a threat to the station, he said.

�In a recent Civil Military Liaison meeting, a proposal was made to the Meghalaya Government by Station authorities to construct an access road from outside the Air Force Station to the View Point,� he added. � PTI

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