Manali is one of the hot tourist destinations of India, which is thronged by thousands of people from around the world. But being a hilly area, it has less resources and a dearth of infrastructure. It looks so cluttered and over crowded during the peak season leaving less or no space on roads to walk or park vehicles.
It is the same reason why the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has restricted down the movement of only 1500 vehicles to Rohtang Pass from Manali on the permit by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department. To tackle with the situation of finding additional parking lot for the tourists, Deputy Commissioner, Kullu has issued directions to the Sub- divisional Magistrate of Manali, to paint yellow lines for additional parking on the highways.
Additional parking areas in Manali
As per the directions passed by the Kullu DC, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) are requested to co-operate in the task of yellow marking on the highway to Leh-Ladakh from Manali.
Apart from this, a temporary parking for tourists is built near the Beas river by the Manali administration. Manali doesn’t have any extra space to be converted into a parking zone for the vehicles of tourists and could be the only option to settle down the haphazard traffic of cars, buses and motorbikes.
Revamping places other than parkings in Manali
Other than parking, commuting via bailey bridges, is another concern for the local administration as it leads to long hours of traffic jams.
- Local administration is now planning to widen the highways and repair the small bailey bridges.
- Also, the tourist activities in Solang, Gulaba and Rohtang pass are being regularized.
- Travel agents, bus and taxi operators and hotel owners have to abide by the laws as per the directions of the local administration.
- Medicines for high altitude sickness will be made available at the Rohtang Pass
Let’s hope that revamping work and marking of yellow lines for parking lots along the motorways will soon be completed before this tourist season in summer as it will definitely sort out the problem for tourists in Manali.