No Inner-Line Pass Required To Visit Milam Glacier In Uttarakhand Announces Indo-Tibetan Border Police

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
No Inner-Line Pass Required To Visit Milam Glacier In Uttarakhand Announces Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Good news for all the trekkers, mountaineers, and trekkers! The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has decided that tourists, mountaineers, and trekkers will no longer need an inner-line permit to visit Milam Glacier. The inner-line pass has been one of the most mandatory requirements for decades now. It is one of the most famous places among adventure enthusiasts in the Kumaon Himalayas. 

No Inner-Line Pass Required To Visit Milam Glacier

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A mandatory inner-line pass is no longer required, as announced by ITBP, to visit Milam Glacier. It is located at a height of 18,000 feet and is a popular destination in Uttarakhand. The inner-line permit requirement had many adverse effects on the tourism sector. 

Yashbir Singh, Munsiyari Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), spoke about the recent announcement. He mentioned that ITBP has now asked its staff to allow tourists to visit the place without the inner-line permit.

He mentioned that they have received a letter from ITBP’s Deputy Commandant of the 14th Battalion informing them about the decision. The reason behind the removal of this permit is the effect that it has had on tourism. (as per NDTV)

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Benefit For Adventure Enthusiasts

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The decision was taken as ITBP requested the removal of this permit by the Pithoragarh district administration. The request for removal was made last month. 

SDM mentioned that they had requested the removal of a permit to visit Milam Glacier in compliance with another letter. This letter was issued in October 1993 by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). 

However, ITBP did not let people go beyond a certain point without the inner-pass permit. This point is located about 12 kilometers from Munsiyari and is known as Lilam. The reason behind this is that the route is very prone to roadblocks and landslides. But under pressure from the administration, they dropped this rule.

SDM mentioned that trekkers, mountaineers, and research analysts will greatly benefit from the same. (as per NDTV)

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