Himachal Govt Moves To Implement NGT Order For Environment Friendly Tourism At Rohtang Pass

The principal secretary for forests, environment, science and technology Tarun Kapoor on Thursday directed Kullu administration to speed up all the works to implement National Green Tribunal (NGT) order over protecting the environment in and around Rohtang Pass where efforts are being made to regularize all tourism activities and provide tourists with all facilities in an eco-friendly manner.

“Eco-friendly markets are being built at Marhi and other tourist spots near Rohtang Pass. The markets will be provided with modern facilities so that tourists get world class services,” said Tarun Kapoor at a review meeting held to implement the NGT order. Officers from all the departments including deputy commissioners from Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti were present in the meeting.

img_3656Kapoor added that construction of 14 eco-friendly restaurants and six shops has completed at Marhi. He directed public works department officials to complete the remaining works as soon as possible. He asked district administration to be transparent while allotting these shops to public. He asked transport department to establish a weigh-in-motion bridge at NGT barrier, Gulaba, to check overloading.

After visiting the Rohtang area, principal secretary asked officials of forest department to develop a picnic spot near Gulaba and ensure maximum plantation in the area. He also directed district administration to make arrangement for adequate parking space near NGT barrier at Gulaba and provide solar lights to the barrier. He directed irrigation and public health (I&PH) department to ensure that waters of Beas river is not contaminated by garbage and sewerage. He further added that a seminar will be organized in Kullu district by HP pollution control board regarding solid waste management and participation of hoteliers will also be ensured.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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