E-passes mandatory to visit Ooty, Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu from May 7 to June 30, 2024

In a bid to control the influx of tourists and protect the ecosystem of the Nilgiris, the Madras High Court has mandated the use of an e-pass system for visitors to Ooty and Kodaikanal. Effective from May 7, 2024, to June 30, 2024, this new requirement aims to regulate tourism flow during the peak season.

The e-pass was introduced by a special division bench comprising Justices D Bharatha Chakravarthy and N Sathish Kumar. It was to address the challenges posed by the influx of tourists in the hill stations. 

However, there is no cap on the issuance of e-passes, and local residents are exempt from this regulation, as per a Times of India news report.

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