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Travel news 08/2022 – Illegal Camping to be removed permanently in Manali

As per the recent update, Manali has banned camping with permission and the steps have been taken in the hilly regions of Kullu-Manali.

For people who want to camp in the forest, regions need to get proper permission from the forest department and administration to pitch the tents.

Apart from that, those entering forest regions will now need to pay INR 50 and the government has asked officials to check all the illegal camping sites and remove the tents permanently.

A special team has been formed to make sure the task is complete. There will also be checkpoints at various locations, especially at the entrance to popular trekking routes.

Recently a meeting was held where it was discussed that there were several complaints about the illegal and permanent campsites being set up thus the administration had asked to remove these campsites which were set up illegally. 

Surender Thakur, Manali sub-divisional magistrate said, “These campsites are littering areas and also polluting water sources. Strict action will be taken to stop this activity”.

As per the reports, a team will be set up where they will create temporary check posts to check permissions and compliance with HP Adventure Activities Rules. The first check post will be established on Hamta Pass Trek to regulate trekking and camping. This is one of the most famous and busiest treks in Himachal Pradesh.

The permits for camping will be issued by the forest department and the activity will only be allowed in a range of a minimum of 25 m away from water streams. 

There will be a ban on solo camping until special permission is provided.

Source: macrotraveller blog

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