In order to regulate or control the traffic at Rohtang Pass which has become quite ugly and famous for its day long traffic jams, every year some new rule is introduced to tackle the same. Every time a new rule comes in, it brings lots of confusion and mess for the tourists and those who mostly suffer are actually interested more in Manali – Leh journey as compared to messy Rohtang Pass. This year again officials have come up with strict norms and penalties for violations of the newly created and confusing rules which do not talk about traffic coming from Keylong or Leh side. You can read below the detailed article on these rules but following is the summary of new rules for traffic at Manali to Rohtang Pass or Manali – Leh Highway
UPDATE from 9th June 2014
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is now being issued at an official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi, from green tax barrier at Chauri-Bihal and Shuru, SDM Office Manali, Tourist information center Manali and in the office of HPTDC. This year the congestion charges of Rs. 50/- per vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars… The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night, after which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 3 AM from Manali to avoid long traffic jams, especially in June, to Rohtang Pass. For Manali to Rohtang Pass, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis (HP Registered) are allowed in the batches per day beyond Gulaba to snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass.
- Only vehicles for Rohtang Pass will only be allowed to go from Manali to Rohtang Pass from 6 AM to 11 AM After 11 AM, tourists or any taxis or vehicle will not be allowed to go to Rohtang Pass. Only exceptions are emergency vehicles and HRTC buses and vehicles coming from Lahaul or Spiti Valley which should be certified by Khoksar Checkpost
- Vehicles will only be allowed to come back from Rohtang Pass to Manali after 11 AM to 6 PM only.
- Vehicles going beyond Rohtang Pass i.e. to Leh – Ladakh or Lahaul + Spiti Valley WILL be allowed from 5 PM to 6 AM
- NO restrictions are present for Ambulances or vehicles in emergency.
- Any violations to these rules may lead to seizure of the vehicles too.
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MANALI: Tourists will now have to keep patience to see snow at Rohtang pass this summer season as Manali has drafted strict regulations for vehicles plying on the Manali – Rohtang route. As per the plan, tourists will be able to enjoy the panoramic journey to Rohtang only between 6 am and 12 noon as vehicles before or after this time limit will not be allowed to go towards Rohtang pass.
Representatives of police, administration, Beopar Mandal, hoteliers and taxi union of Manali have now consented to a strict strategy to cope with the fierce traffic jam problem on this route. In peak summer season, vehicles take five to eight hours to cover the 51-km distance between Rohtang and Manali. The problem intensifies in the evening as vehicles from Rohtang leave for Manali and get stuck in the narrow road for hours. According to the new plan, vehicles from Manali can go towards Rohtang between 6 am and 12 noon and come back to Manali only after 12 pm.
“The time table for vehicles and making the route one-way will definitely help reduce traffic problems. This will make the journey more comfortable and fast. It will also reduce accidents and save the precious time of travelers,” Kullu police chief Ashok Kumar said, adding that the restrictions would be lifted for ambulances and vehicles in emergency.
Though people have welcomed the plan, police have warned that those who violate the rule will be penalized by way of seizing their car. Also, 10 pm to 6 am will be zero traffic hours when no vehicles will be allowed on the highway. If tourists reach Manali after noon, they shall have to postpone their Rohtang visit to next day.
Sources said that some taxi operators were reportedly taking tourists to Rohtang early morning and even at midnight, so as to make multiple trips to Rohtang on the same day. Many tourists were complaining that the taxi drivers don’t allow them to enjoy much time at Rohtang pass, saying that they will get stuck in traffic jam. Fixing of timings for cabs and other cars will now allow tourists to spend more time in snow, they said.
Police, tourism department and administration authorities are also planning to take effective steps to stop service providers from duping tourists. Instructions have been issued to adventure sports organizers and snow dress lenders to hang a rate-list in front of their kiosks, sources added.
External Source: Manali-Rohtang road to be one-way this summer