Monday, 9 July 2012

Kullu rivers in spate, administration imposes ban on rafting

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Kullu administration has imposed complete ban on river rafting till September 15 with immediate effect. The decision has been taken after the water level of river Beas has increased suddenly due to fast melting of snow and monsoon rains.
Water of Beas, Parvati and other rivers of Kullu is flowing above the normal level. Given the safety of the tourists, administration has ordered all rafting operators to stop their services for next two months. Also the paragliding at Solang valley would be banned after July 15 till September 15. Operators who would not abide the rules would have to lose their license to provide the service forever.
River rafting in river Beas in Kullu
Kullu deputy commissioner Amitabh Awasthi said that the rafting in river which is already in spate is dangerous and the water sports have been banned till September 15 under River Rafting Act 2005. “Usually the ban on rafting is imposed after July 15 every year but given the alarming level of water we have instructed all the operators to stay away from the waters,” he said, adding that rule breakers would be dealt with strictly.
Awasthi added that according to Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2004, the paragliding would also be banned after July 15. As hundreds of adventure enthusiasts from across the world are coming to Kullu every day, apart from disappointing them, ban on rafting is going to affect the livelihood of hundreds of locals.

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