Rohtang pass opened for tourists, 1200 vehicles allowed in a day
Vehicles will be allowed to go towards Rohtang Pass in two shifts from 6am to 9am and 9:30 am to 12pmindia Updated: May 24, 2017 17:11 IST
Rohtang Pass has been thrown open to public on Wednesday after being closed for five months.
The Rohtang route at an elevation of 13,050 feet was closed due to snow clearing work and tourists were only allowed on 16km stretch from Manali to Marhi.
Those who are willing to visit the scenic pass in Kullu districts have to apply for special route permit as per the guidelines of National Green Tribunal. The permits are available online and only 1200 vehicles are allowed go through Rohtang Pass in a single day.
Of total 1200 vehicles, 800 petrol and 400 diesel vehicles are allowed on 52 kilometer stretch from Manali to Rohtang. Permit is available online for Rs 550 including Rs 50 congestion charges as per the green court order. Heavy vehicles will have to pay congestion charges of Rs 100.
“People willing to go to Rohtang can obtain permit online. This arrangement has been done to make the process hassle free,” said Kullu deputy commissioner Yunis .
Vehicles will be allowed to go towards Rohtang Pass in two shifts from 6am to 9am and 9:30 am to 12pm, he added.
The administration has decided to blacklist vehicles if they are found flouting the norms. A check post has been setup at Koksar. “Vehicles of Lahaul Spiti and Pangi residents can ply on the same route without paying any fee but their vehicles will be checked at Koksar whether they crossed the point or not,” said deputy commissioner Yunis.
Green court has checked the number of vehicles visiting Rohtang. The NGT also has directed state transport department to ply electric buses to Rohtang to check pollution.
Manali hotelier association president Gajender Thakur said the large number of tourists are visiting Manali. “Now Rohtang pass is opened for tourists, the influx is going to increase. Occupancy is likely to reach 100% in coming days,” said Thakur.
In order to address issue of sanitation, the district administration has installed mobile toilets on way to Rohtang Pass.