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.

Simranjeet Singh Arora

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 Association of Tour Operators 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.

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