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Now Tourists Require An E-Pass To Enter Ooty And Kodaikanal

In order to curb overtourism, the Madras High Court instructed the authorities to impose mandatory pass entry to these ecologically sensitive hill stations

Emerald Lake, Nilgiris, Ooty Photo: Shutterstock

The Madras High Court has taken decisive action in response to mounting concerns over traffic congestion in Tamil Nadu's popular hill stations, Ooty and Kodaikanal. Requiring e-passes for travellers to these picturesque destinations from May 7 to June 30, the court aims to gather data on vehicular traffic along the challenging ghat roads.

Following a status report indicating the staggering influx of over 20,000 vehicles daily into Nilgiris, including 11,500 cars and 6,500 two-wheelers during peak season, the court directed the District Collectors to devise an online system for issuing e-passes. These passes will be mandatory for entry, ensuring regulated access and easing traffic on strained roadways.