Don’t ban, re­vise guide­lines: Agents

With many un­fore­seen ac­tiv­i­ties in Ut­tarak­hand due to lack of safety mea­sures, the state High Court has im­posed a ban on ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties. Agents ask for re­vi­sion of guide­lines.

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As the most pop­u­lar state for wa­ter and ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, Ut­tarak­hand came to a halt af­ter its High Court levied ban on all ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties pop­u­lar among trav­ellers. Ravi Go­sain, Pres­i­dent, Ut­tarak­hand Tourism Pro­fes­sion­als As­so­ci­a­tion said, “We were quite shocked to ac­knowl­edge the ban be­cause the state hardly has any in­dus­try. Ad­ven­ture tourism is one of the main in­dus­tries in the state.”

Go­sain said, “I don’t think ban­ning any ac­tiv­ity can lead to a so­lu­tion. Recog­nised tour op­er­a­tors with com­plete safety mea­sures and high med­i­cal stan­dards be­fore tak­ing up an ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­ity are suf­fer­ing in the sea­son of tourism in the state.” As ad­ven­ture tourism is the bread earner for many in the state, there is an ur­gent need to re­vise and reg­u­late new guide­lines for ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties so that no tour op­er­a­tor shall be taken for granted.

Ravi Go­sain Pres­i­dent, Ut­tarak­hand Tourism Pro­fes­sion­als As­so­ci­a­tion

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