Tourism deptt for strict implementation of adventure tourism guidelines

Srinagar, Jun 21: Following death of three persons during rafting in Pahalgam, tourism department has asked all its officials to ensure strict implementation of adventure tourism guidelines.
“To ensure the safety and the security of participants during adventure activities like, Rafting, Paragllding, SKING, Zipling etc, all the field functioners of tourism department shall strictly ensure implementation of adventure tourism guidelines issued by government order no 51-TSM of 2019, dated 14-02-2019. It shall be ensured that adventure activities are carried out only after the field functionaries of the department fully satisfy themselves that precautionary measures have been put in place as per the above guidelines,” said an order issued by Rigzian Sampheal-IAS, commissioner secretary to government Tourism department.
The order said, “The registering authorities shall conduct a special drive exclusively for online adventure tour operators, the process shall be completed strictly by 7th July 2019, falling which the unregistered units, if any shall be sealed and appropriate action under the law shall be initiated against them without any further reference. The registering authorities shall at the expiry of the stipulated time submit a categorical certificate that no un-registered unit is operating in their respective jurisdictions.”
It said, “The slightest of dereliction on part of the registering authority or any other field functionary shall invite disciplinary action as mandated under rules.”
Earlier, this month three persons including a rafting guide died when their raft boat capsized in Lidder river in Pahalgam. (KNS)