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SC asks govt to allow fit taxis on Kothi-Rohtang route

The Supreme Court (SC) today passed an interim order diluting the ban on four-year-old taxis to ply on the Kothi-Rohtang route. A Bench comprising Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and PC Ghose directed the Himachal Pradesh government to test the fitness of the banned vehicles and allow them to ply if they complied with pollution and other norms.

The apex court passed the order on a petition filed by the Him-Aanchal Taxi Operators Union, Manali, challenging the HP High Court’s ban on commercial vehicles of more than four years’ old plying between Kothi and Rohtang.

Appearing for the union, senior counsel KV Viswanathan pleaded that instead having the age of the vehicles as the norm, the state government should prescribe the level of pollutants emitted by the taxis as the criterion for allowing them to ply. In several cases, a four-year-old taxi would not have done even 50,000 km and as such it was not fair to ban it, he contended.

The Bench said it would hear the case again after two weeks and asked the parties to file additional documents. It also asked the government to explore other options keeping in mind the interests of the taxi operators, commuters’ safety and environment.

The SC had issued notice to the state government on July 30 on the union’s petition contending that more than 75 per cent of the taxies numbering about 1,400 would go off the roads under the HC order.

The taxi owners had taken bank loans to buy the vehicles which they were still repaying and as such the HC decision would put them in a deep trouble, it was contended.

The HC had issued the order on the recommendations of the National Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), pointing out the fragile ecology in the high-altitude Rohtang area.

Source: The Tribune


Rain brings Chardham Yatra, life to a halt in Uttarakhand

DEHRADUN: The ChardhamYatra to Uttarakhand’s Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri shrines in Garhwal division has come to a halt due to heavy landslides and landslips triggered by incessant rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Landslides were reported from over 12 places on the Rishikesh-Gangotri, the Dehradun-Yamnotri, the Rishikesh-Badrinath and the Rishikesh-Kedarnath National Highway. Yatra had begun on June 13.

Six hanging bridges built on Alaknada and Mandakini rivers in Chamoli and Rudrapryag districts were also reported to have collapsed on Sunday.

About 12,000 tourists and pilgrims on their way to Chardham Yatra are stranded on these routes.

Normal life was paralyzed by continuous rains in Dehradun and other places like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Haldwani and Udham Singh Nagar towns.

Uttarakhand government on Sunday sounded an alert in state after three members of a family identified as Khanya (30), Urmila (26) and Vivek (10) were buried alive after their single-storey house was flattened by a landslide in Dehradun. The disaster occurred at 4.50 am when these people were sleeping. Over 12 cases of house collapse were also reported from Garhwal and Kumaon divisions. No loss of life was reported from these cases.

A senior officer in the Uttarakhand disaster management department said while about 10,000 tourists on more 500 private buses and other four vehicles, are stranded on nine points on the Rishikesh-Gangotri and the Dehradun-Yamnotri National Highway, about 200 tourists and pilgrims are stranded on the Rishikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Kedarnath National highway.

A senior Border Road Organization (BRO) officer in Rishikesh told TOI that 600 BRO personnel have been deployed on different Yatra routes to rescue these stranded people by shifting them to roadside intermediate colleges and primary schools in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudrapryag districts.

He said seven bulldozers were also pressed into service to clear the landslides wreckage. BRO personnel on duty said the rescued people are being provided meals and tea to make them feel comfortable.

“We are moved by the way these residents of nearby villages are providing us whatever they can during our stay,” said 65-year Rajendra Singh from Ghaziabad. “We do not have words to express our gratitude to these villagers for to their warm hospitality,” said Leela Devi from Maharashtra.

Uttarkashi deputy magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said he asked officers concerned to ensure that stranded people on the Yatra routes are provide all possible facilities including medical care by doctors till the roads are cleared.

A senior officer in Dehradun Met office said the monsoons that was expected to arrive in Uttarakhand by June end, has come about two weeks early. He predicted incessant heavy rains for the next 48 hours in the state.

Source: The Times of India


A dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

 
 
 
 

A Dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Frozen River Trek

 
 

This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. This trek is so exciting that even Discovery and the National Geographic channels have both made films on it.

 
 

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India, TheTourPlanners.com, TTP, The Tour Planners

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

 
 

* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst
of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.
 
 

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India _ Photograph by Vani Maradi


 
 

You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then your trek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed.

Reference Link : Chadar Trek


‘Bara-lacha la’ or ‘Bara-lacha Pass’, Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

 
 

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range (Picture : Copyright Dj DeepS)


 
 

* The Baralacha Pass is a unique high mountain pass in Zanskar range situated at a spectacular 16,400 ft above sea level.

* The pass itself is 8 kilometers long, and is literally the pass “where many roads meet”.

* Here, routes from Zanskar, Ladakh and Lahaul meet which have for centuries been used by ancient travelers and crossed in all directions.

* The two great rivers of Lahaul, the Chandra and the Bhaga, also arise from the huge snowfields on opposite sides of the pass.

* The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali.

* The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region.

* The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.

* In Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim, there is a reference to Bara-lacha la pass the source of the Suraj Tal having been used by Kim’s Lama to enter India from Tibet.

* A trekking route leads from Bara-lacha la to Chandra Taal, situated by the bank of Chandra River in the Spiti.
 
 
 
 
Reference Link : Know Your Destination