Worried over serious threat posed to the fragile ecology of Rohtang Pass, its adjoining glaciers and the mid-way town of Marhi due to the increased vehicular pollution and unplanned constructions, Himachal Pradesh High Court has banned all construction activity except that being undertaken by the Army for defence purposes in Marhi and the Rohtang area.

The Bench, comprising Justice Sanjay Karol and Rajeev Sharma, directed the state government to stop constructions on the National Highway stretch between Marhi and Rohtang without permission of the court. Court also ordered Superintendent of Police, Kullu, to ensure a strict compliance of the orders on the ban.