The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Himachal Government for allowing traffic chaos in and around the eco-sensitive Rohtang Pass. The Green Court has asked the state government as to why should a complete ban not be imposed on tourism activities in the mountain pass.
A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, raised objections on the state government’s approach in implementing the orders of the tribunal and allowing traffic chaos to prevail in the area. According to reports, not even a single direction of the Tribunal has been complied with. There were around 5,000 tourist vehicles at Rohtang as against the permitted limit of 1,000 per day.
The NGT had earlier banned all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles from entering the mountain pass till August 14, 2015. The Green Court had also limited the number of vehicles from entering the popular area to 1,000 per day.
It had directed each vehicle, permitted to Rohtang Pass, to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 1,000 for petrol vehicle and Rs 2,500 for diesel vehicle.
The tribunal had also said that each vehicle which carries more than six passengers would be liable to pay compensation of Rs 5,000 as environmental compensation and these charges are payable for single entry.