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Adventure Tourism to be made safer in State: Govind Singh Thakur

Yadavindra S Rana | September 21, 2020 10:40 AM

SHIMLA:In a bid to provide tourism a leg-up and administering revenue generation a
booster dose, the state government has decided to take a number of initiatives to capitalize on
the inflow of tourists. It was disclosed by the Education, Language, Art and Culture Minister
Govind Singh Thakur while presiding over the meeting here on Saturday organized by
Tourism and Civil Aviation to make river rafting, paragliding and other tourism activities
safer in state.
 He said that different norms and rules were being drafted in order to make these
adventure activities safer in state. GPS tracking system should be used while conducting
paragliding, trekking and other adventure activities. He stressed upon the use of GPS tracking
band for the safety of tourist and guides in tough trekking terrain, so that in case of any
emergency relief and rescue work could be taken up immediately to save precious lives. He
said that Tourism Department was running various training programs for the people
associated with adventure activities in State. Strict safety measures have also been adopted
for organising these activities.
The minister said that Tourism Department would soon start online registration facility
for conducting adventure activities. He said that with the aim of promoting adventure
activities in the state, coordination between tourism, Forest, Police and Health department
would be established. Besides detail discussion was also held on mitigating risk in tourism
activities and steps that are to be taken to make this area more organized.
In the recent past, the state government with an objective to bring more and more
tourists to the state, it has decided to augment the adventure tourism along with water sports
activities. In 2017, the state has drafted a comprehensive draft rules called-“Himachal
Pradesh Water Sports and Allied Activities Rules 2016” were finalized. “Water sports is an
integral part of tourism and idea runs all across the world proves a major factor of revenue
generation. The federation has extended its hands in popularizing water sports in the state
which has immense sources of water sports.” says Rajpal Singh, general secretary,
Wakeboard and Water Ski Federation of India.
The Minister said that the Government was making all possible efforts to strengthen
tourism activities in state.
Director Tourism and Civil Aviation Yunus, trainers from various organizations
associated with adventure sports were also present in the meeting.

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