District Kullu Administration today notified National Green Tribunal’s recent order to cut down the number of vehicle to 1000 on environmentally sensitive zone Rohtang Pass from today onward. Moreover it had decided to slap four times congestion charges from those who would violate this notification.
Mr. Rakesh Kawnar, Deputy Commissioner Kullu said in a notification issued today that the congestion charges are to be collected from all commercial vehicles. It has also confirmed to strictly enforce the NGT order high vigil would be keep on tourists, commercial and non tourists vehicles every day.
Not a single vehicle would be allowed from stipulated 1000 on the snow pass every day as administration has fixed a quota of convey of 60% for commercial vehicles and 40% for tourists vehicle to be allowed on the pass. Out of those 60% commercial vehicles 10% to be from Himachal Pradesh only. It would allow 60% petrol driven and 40% diesel vehicle and in case diesel vehicles remains below 400 on any given day then in that case petrol vehicles could be replaced on the pass not exceeding 1000.
Among the tourists vehicle administration has decided to allow 50% vehicles from Kullu district and 10% from other districts of Himachal Pradesh and 30% from other states. Tourist vehicles could ply from 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs from Gulaba check-post toward Rohtang Pass however no tourist vehicle could stay after 1600 hrs on the pass. The petrol vehicles are to be charged a congestion charge of Rupees 1000, Diesel Rupees 2500 per vehicle and Rupees 5000 for vehicles having more than six seating capacity.
Mr. Rakesh Kanwar has also informed that permit to Rohtang to be issued at SDM office Manali or at Gulaba check post. Local taxi operators and tourists could obtain the permit directly from SDM office at Manali. All the vehicles including non-tourists to be mandatorily register at Gulaba check post so that the actual number of vehicles plying on the pass could be calculated.