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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:28 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:28 AM (IST)

Locals: Allow tourism activities in Rohtang

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Manali, April 16

People of Manali are demanding relaxations to run the tourism activities at Rohtang this year, which will have less impact on environment.

The NGT has curbed the most tourism activities to protect the ecology of Rohtang. Only photography and local dresses are allowed on the pass.

Those who run the activities are feeling the pinch.

Devender, pony owner and native of Palchan, said, “With the rising temperatures, snow starts melting at Solang and its nearby places in the beginning of April, which diverts the tourist towards Rohtang till July. It has direct impact on our business, because horse riding is not allowed on the pass.”

Ses Ram Thakur, president of the Pony Owner Union, said, “We are facing a tough time for the past few years after the NGT has imposed a ban on tourism activities at Rohtang.”

“After opening of Rohtang, a majority of tourists prefer to visit it, which is a big blow to our business at the Beas Nullah,” he said.

He said, “We urge the government to take up the matter with the NGT to allow horse riding at Rohtang and we assure it to maintain cleanliness all around.”

Similarly, local women Jiti Devi, Chandra and a few others said, “At Rohtang, only photography and local dresses are allowed, while there is a complete ban on winter clothing.”

“There is no environment degradation because of winter clothing and the government should take up the matter with the NGT,” they said.

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