The National Green Tribunal, on Tuesday gave the Himachal government three months to enforce the ban on the movement of all diesel operated tourists vehicles to Rohtang Pass to three months.
Giving some relief to the Himachal Government, the NGT, during its hearing in New Delhi, also fixed the movement of 600 petrol and 400 diesel operated vehicles to Rohtang on a daily basis. Drivers will also be required to pay Rs 1,000 for every petrol vehicle while diesel vehicles will be asked to pay Rs 2,500.
Commercial vehicles going to Rohtang will be charged Rs 5,000 each with a capacity of six people.
Additional Chief Secretary (forest and environment ) Tarun Shridhar who appeared before the bench gave details of the steps being taken by the government to keep Rohtang free from pollution.
The ban on diesel operated tourists vehicles was to come into force from Wednesday. The local taxi operators had also moved to the tribunal to place on record their hardships if there is a complete ban on the mobility of the tourists vehicles at Rohtang.
Deputy Commissioner (Kullu) Rakesh Kanwar said he has been informed about some relief on ban but certain conditions have been imposed on the number of vehicles to be allowed every day. “I am awaiting the detailed order,” he said.
Beside tourists buses being plied by HPTDC during the tourists season, more than 1,300 diesel-based tourists taxis of local operators will also be affected by the order.