The Uttarakhand High Court has banned water sports, including paragliding, white water rafting and other adventure water sports, until policies for safeguarding the environment and people are put in place. This decision has been a terrible news for adventure tourism.
This ban has been ordered in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Rishikesh-based social activist Hari Om Kashyap. “The state government is directed to prepare the transparent policy within a period of two weeks. Till the policy is framed, no white river rafting, paragliding and other water sports shall be permitted in the state of Uttarakhand,” the order said.
Though the high court directed the state government to enact suitable legislation for regulation of adventure and water sports throughout Uttarakhand. The order was issued by the HC on Monday, but a copy was made available on Thursday.
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