New Rohtang Green Tax Introduced Effective May 2014

by Vargis.Khan

Effective May 2014, a Rohtang green tax of Rs. 20 per person been imposed on those traveling to or beyond Rohtang Pass. This tax will be collected from everyone, irrespective of whether a person is a local or a tourist, and for all vehicles including two wheeler as well. Even HP registered vehicles are not an exception to this tax which is over and above the green tax that you pay to enter Manali.

Rohtang Green Tax

NGT has definitely been taking a lot of measures off late to stop the increasing pollution level at Rohtang Pass. With recent boost in tourism in Ladakh and Spiti; it is no longer people wanting to travel to Rohtang, but also people wanting to cross it over towards Leh or Kaza. There is a definite increase in number of vehicles traveling to the pass which is increasing the pollution levels. In a recent report, it was observed that ice reserves at top of the pass has started to turn black due to rising pollution levels. This money is being said to be used towards cleaning and maintaining Rohtang.

I am not really sure what comes next; but will not be surprised if NGT decides to limit the number of vehicles traveling to the pass altogether.  If this ever happens; it will be a big blow to the local tourist companies and cab drivers; livelihood of whom depends on services like this. There is also a pollution check center that was set up near Gulaba. Earlier this year, vehicles older than 10 years were banned from traveling to the pass. Diesel vehicles too are not allowed at all.

I hope this information regarding Rohtang Green Tax was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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