City councils propose ban on private vehicles in Mahabaleshwar, Panchgan
Mahabaleshwar and Panchgan town councils have proposed banning private vehicles used by tourists to go on game drives as they cause traffic jams, as well as heavy pollution in the pristine sanctuaries.
From now on, tourists will only be able to use electric vehicles to experience the natural beauty of the area. The proposal was prepared by the two municipalities.
The proposal was prepared with the help of the local taxi owners association and reached the Maharashtra tourism department. A decision is expected soon. Mahabaleshwar Taxi Union President Yashwant Bhilare also endorsed the proposal.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats in the Satara district of Maharashtra.
Apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its many rivers, beautiful waterfalls and majestic peaks. It is among the most sought-after weekend getaways from Pune and Mumbai, located about 120 km southwest of Pune and 285 km from Mumbai.
Mahabaleshwar is also a sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus as the Krishna River originates here.
Once the summer capital of the British, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar features ancient temples, boarding schools, dense and lush forest, waterfalls, hills and valleys. It is often used as a base for visiting the magnificent Pratapgad Fort, an hour’s drive away.
Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and an area of Shindola village are the three villages that make up Mahabaleshwar.
More than twenty lakh tourists visit Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani every year causing a significant increase in pollution level.
Mahabaleshwar City Council Chief Executive Officer Pallavi Bhore Patil said News from Punekar“Tourists visiting Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani should hire a local electric taxi. Electric passenger cars and two-wheelers can drive here. Only electric taxis will go to all points. The government should take the initiative to convert the local taxis into electric taxis.For this, the government should call on companies manufacturing electric vehicles.
The Mahabaleshwar City Council and the state government will provide subsidies to owners of existing taxis that run on fuel. Thus, electric vehicles will be made available to taxi drivers at a lower cost, while vehicles with a lifespan of less than seven years will be converted into electric vehicles.
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