amusement parks: request to reopen amusement parks in a letter to the Chief Minister | Pune News

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Pune: The Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding the reopening of amusement parks with 50% capacity in the state.
The association said that since the state government has allowed indoor venues such as malls, gyms, saloons, etc. to operate at 50% capacity, it should also be allowed to reopen outdoor amusement parks and operate at 50% capacity. The letter further stated that Maharashtra has over 37 large and small amusement parks, generating an average of 13,000 direct jobs and 52,000 indirect jobs, which have been affected due to the shutdown.
“Amusement parks were allowed to reopen from October 22 (last year) after the 2nd wave, and within two months of reopening, they were closed again. This is going to be very fatal for our industry as huge investment and manpower planning has been undertaken by the industry to restart its installation,” the letter reads.
The letter further stated that crowds at amusement parks were “regulated” due to high prices and online booking, unlike other tourist sites. Dhimant Bakshi, CEO of Imagicaa, said: “The government must immediately allow the reopening of amusement parks with limited capacity as they are also places where the whole family comes to relax, which in turn eases the pressure on urban establishments such as shopping malls and cinemas. Jai Malpani, Director of Malpani Group, said: “We operate four amusement parks in the state and employ around 8,000 people. Since the shutdown order, the industry has suffered huge losses. There is no government support at any stage for this industry.
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