E-passes mandatory for entering Ooty and Kodaikanal with the aim to regulate tourism and alleviate traffic congestion.

In a bid to regulate tourist influx and safeguard Nilgiris ecosystem, the Madras High Court has announced the mandatory requirement of E-passes for visitors starting from May 7 to June 30, 2024. This proactive measure comes amidst concerns over maintaining tourist footfall during the peak season. 

With both hill stations being popular destinations for domestic and international tourists alike, the implementation of entry permits aims to manage crowd density and traffic congestion. The e-pass was introduced by a special division bench comprising Justices D Bharatha Chakravarthy and N Sathish Kumar. 

This online platform was established under the court instructions issued to District Collectors to establish an online platform for e-pass issuance. Reports have highlighted the overwhelming influx of over 20,000 vehicles daily, including 11,500 cars and 6,500 two-wheelers, during peak season. 

As Tamil Nadu's scenic hill stations prepare to welcome visitors under the new mandate, the enforcement of E-passes stands as a crucial measure in navigating the complexities of tourists influx. With collective cooperation and vigilance, Ooty and Kodaikanal aim to uphold their status as sought-after destinations while prioritizing the well-being of residents and tourists alike. 

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