In compliance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, the Kullu administration has imposed a complete ban on plying of tourist vehicles towards the Rohtang pass for an indefinite period, starting August 17.
Talking to HT, Kullu deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar said the NGT’s three-month relaxation that allowed plying of 1,000 tourist vehicles (600 petrol and 400 diesel) towards the Rohtang Pass had ended.
The relaxation was given on May 5 and at the August-13 hearing, the NGT did not extend it.
“To comply with the orders of the NGT, the district administration has issued fresh directions imposing complete ban on tourist vehicles toward Rohtang pass from Palchan. If any person infringes the orders, stern action under the law would be taken,” he added.
However, people moving towards the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Leh-Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir would be allowed to proceed, he added.
The ban is set to have a farreaching impact on the tourism industry in the district, including taxi operators and hoteliers, who are already bearing the brunt of the partial ban imposed earlier.