Vacationers might likely have to pay a compulsory ‘green tax’ for visiting Uttarakhand in the nearby future. Whether you are visiting the place for adventure sports, or going on a Char Dham Yatra, or even for those you are preparing for big fat wedding events with the Himalayas in the backdrop, everybody might end up adding the said compulsory tax.
The urban local body of the place will be deciding about the tax and income generated will be used for developing the part and for encouraging eco-friendly practices.
The verdict was made after Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) highlighted the concern of increasing pollution in a meeting with Forest and Environment Minister Harak Singh Rawat. This came right after the news of Gupta-family”s grand wedding in Auli, which produced so much of trash that it took more than a week to clear the remains from the ecologically sensitive area.
Why is ‘green tax’ essential for Uttarakhand?
Tourism is one of the characteristics that support Uttarakhand’s economy in the main way, as the state is a prominent hub for pilgrimage, wildlife tourism, and adventure happenings. As per the newest report of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), 2.25 crore local and 1.1 lakh foreign travellers visited the state in 2015. In August 2018, to tackle over tourism, the Uttarakhand High Court asked the Uttarakhand Government to limit the number of travellers staying in high mountain alpine meadows to not more than 200 at any given time.
And lately, Auli was in the newscast after a 200-cr worth wedding ceremony produced 32,000 kg waste. And thus, it is high time that this ecological-sensitive area is taken care of and we pay for the harm done.