Authorities caught napping

Authorities caught napping

The 33-year old Rouf Ahmed Dar, a brave tourist guide, lost his life while saving five tourists from drowning in river Lidder at famous health resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir.
The brave young man from Yannar area could have easily saved his life by swimming to safety but he went deep into Lidder to save the tourists who had boarded his rafting boat for a joyride in the river. Everyone has hailed his valour and courage and his commitment for his job.
Rafting during the past one decade has emerged as one of the most popular adventure sports at Pahalgam and Sonamarg. The private agencies involved in this risky ride do make the people aware about the dangers associated with this joy ride before they choose to opt for it and trained men from these agencies do accompany the rafting boat. The job of the trained men accompanying this rafting boat is to ensure the safety of the tourists if the boat capsizes. Most of these agencies are registered with the Tourism department and the rafting is a registered adventure sport.
Despite authorities being aware about the dangers which rafting poses nothing much has been done to ensure the safety of the tourists. The recent incident has exposed the authorities and State Disaster Response Force to the hilt. The rescue operations by the government started after the Rouf had drowned. It’s unfortunate that the government till date has not deployed any SDRF teams near the vulnerable points. The people at the helm need to wake up and ensure that precautionary measures are put in place to save human lives.
Many people who reached the point where the boat had capsized were of the opinion that the rescue teams which reached the spot were unequipped and had these teams reached on time Rouf’s life could have been saved. His bravery, valour and commitment to his profession would be remembered by one and all. May Allah rest his soul in peace and gives his family the strength to bear this loss.