Saturday, 27 April 2013

Remove dhabas from Rohtang pass: HC to Himachal Govt

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: In yet another move to save fragile ecology of Rohtang pass, Himachal Pradesh High court has ordered Himachal government not to allow any individual to run dhaba on Rohtang area beyond Marhi, 34km from Manali. Now, only a valid license holder who meets the terms of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) can establish his dhaba here, an official said.
Temporary built dabhas on Rohtang pass (file pic)
The decision was taken in a meeting between chief secretary to Himachal government and various officials from Kullu and Lahaul after order from HC. According to sources, High Court had asked government to take effective steps to stop pollution on Rohtang pass and it was noticed that dhabas were contributing to littering by using non-disposable materials for food and drinks. Now the 17km area between Marhi and Rohtang cannot be used for dhabas or other eateries without obtaining permission from HPTDC.
Kullu deputy commissioner Sharab Chhopal Negi hold a meeting with SDM Manali, SDM Lahaul, BRO and other officials and ratified the decision on Friday. “Now HPTDC would take care of eateries beyond Marhi,” said Manali SDM Vinay Dhiman, who has a charge of district tourism development officer. He said now tourists will have to vacate Rohtang pass before 5PM for safety reasons everyday and police would stay there till late evening to ensure all tourists have vacated the pass. It has been noticed over the years that sudden snowfall and landslides trap many tourists.
The funds collected by HPTDC after distributing licenses to responsible persons would be spent to keep Rohtang clean and green, Dhiman said. A time table has been made for vehicles coming and going to Rohtang pass to cope with the traffic problems.

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