Uttarakhand is the destination for adventure water sports in the country. It is one stop shop for all the water sports and many tourists and other water sports lovers visit the state often. Now, it is a bad news for those who love water sports. The high court has banned all the water sports including river rafting and paragliding in Rishikesh.
The ban came in wake of the illegal and unauthorized activities taking place in the state. According to a report by a leading daily, the High Court has asked the state government to formulate a policy regulating adventure tourism and water sports in the state. The court emphasized on the need of expert guidance and a dedicated legislation for the same.
The report stated: The State Government cannot be oblivious to its duties to regulate and restrict the unauthorized activities. The white river rafting is a serious sport. Paragliding is equally dangerous if not regulated. The water sports in big lakes like Tehri Dam can prove fatal. These are required to be regulated.
Uttarakhand Court bans water sports in Rishikesh
The court has asked the state government to formulate a policy to regulate the water sports in the said area. It observed that sports for pleasure cannot be allowed to end in disaster. The court has come up with the decision to ban the sports citing the disasters happening there. Till date, many people got diseased in the area where the water sports were performed.
This move to ban the water sports would greatly impact the tourism badly. Uttarakhand has been a popular tourist destination in India in terms of water sports like river rafting, paragliding etc. Many tourists visit the state just to enjoy the water sports and make wonderful memories. Now we have to wait and see how the state government will react to this ban and if it comes with any sort of plans to escape the regulation of water sports.
The ban came in wake of the response to the environmental concerns and illegal licenses being issued to the private companies who are polluting the region. Up until the state government comes up with a suitable policy to eradicate the pollution issues and address the existing environmental issues, the ban will hold strong.
We have to wait and see how this ban will turn out.