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Ban on White River Rafting Across Uttarakhand Lifted by HC

  • Uttarakhand, September 13, 2018: The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday lifted the ban from white river rafting across the state and has allowed the sport under ‘strict guidelines’. The HC had imposed the ban on all water sports, paragliding and white river rafting in the state until a policy was framed to regulate these activities, in June this year.

    The earlier order was modified by a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lokpal Singh, who stated that white river rafting is strictly permitted in the state as per the Uttarakhand River Rafting and Kayaking Rules, 2014.

    The decision came after the Army filed an application saying they had to undertake river rafting as a standard procedure. The state government has been directed by the court to issue necessary no-objection certificate to the army in three days.

    The move has come as a major relied to the tourism sector of the state, which was expected to take a blow because of the ban on water sports. The court has also allowed other water sport activities in Tehri after seeking permission from the district magistrate.

    BY MANSI SHARMA