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Tourist Vehicles Going Lauhal And Ladakh Have Been Restricted To 800 Per Day

Tag : Rohtang Pass, Ladakh, Lahaul, Lauhal

Tourist visiting Lauhal and Ladakh from Manali will now be restricted to 800 vehicles per day by the administration. A permit has to be obtained online before travelling by paying congestion charges of Rs. 50 per vehicle.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has already ordered the state government to limit the number of vehicles going to Rohtang to 1,200, which include 400 diesel and 800 petrol engine vehicles. Observing that many tourists were visiting Rohtang on the pretext of visiting Lahaul, the administration has decided to set a cap on vehicles going beyond the Rohtang pass as well. Until last year there was no limit on the number of vehicle's being allowed, the administration was issuing manual permits from the SDM office in Manali to go beyond the Rohtang pass.


Last year the maximum number of permits that were issued from his office to go beyond the Rohtang pass was 694, Said Manali SDM H R Bairwa. "Assuming that there would be around 10% hike in tourists, the daily quota of permits would be 800. The permit can be obtained online and will be available very soon," he said.


Tourists will also have to submit some documents as a guarantee. "Tourists will be required to give their name and some government approved ID to procure the permit. If anybody misuses the permit to visit Rohtang pass only, the vehicle used for the journey would be blacklisted. This is being done to comply with the NGT order. Any amendment or change in daily quota will be made as per tribunal direction," Bairwa added.

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Local residents on the other hand will be able to cross Rohtang without any formality. Two checkposts on either side of Rohtang have been equipped with a computer and internet facility to cross-check the permits.


Source –Times of India