E-pass system for vehicles entering Kodaikanal comes into effect

The e-pass system has been made mandatory for vehicles entering the hill station this summer from May 7 to June 30, following directions issued by the Madras High Court

May 07, 2024 12:00 pm | Updated May 08, 2024 12:49 pm IST - Dindigul

An official verifying the e-pass of a tourist car at the municipal toll plaza near Silver Cascade near Kodiakanal on Tuesday, May 7, 2024

An official verifying the e-pass of a tourist car at the municipal toll plaza near Silver Cascade near Kodiakanal on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The e-pass system, for vehicles entering Kodaikanal during the current summer vacation, came into effect from Tuesday, May 7, 2024. 

The police and local authorities are now only allowing vehicles with e-passes that contain the details of the vehicle and its number of passengers, into the hill station.

Officials are using the Kodaikanal municipality toll plaza to check for the e-pass. 

An official said that there was no ceiling with regard to the number of vehicles being allowed into Kodaikanal during this period. However, the e-pass is mandatory, as per a directive by the Madras High Court, to keep a tab on the number of vehicles and people coming to the hill station in the summer, until June 30.

Local vehicles belonging to Kodaikanal, identified by the Regional Transport Office (RTO), do not require e-passes. The RTO has also taken efforts to issue passes to all regular vehicles visiting Kodaikanal for the supply of essential goods. 

Tourists who intend to visit Kodaikanal need to make online application for e-passes on the website epass.tnega.org “The entire process for online applications and automatic issuing of e-passes only takes few minutes. However, people are advised to get the e-pass ahead of reaching the toll-gate near Silver Falls to avoid traffic congestion on the ghat road,” an official said. 

A total of 1,217 vehicles with an e-pass entered Kodaikanal on Tuesday, May 7, according to the district administration. Queries with regard to getting an e-pass and for passes for local vehicles can be made to 0451- 2900233 and 9442255737.

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