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No More Rafting in Uttarakhand as HC Bans Water Sports

In a recent order, the HC directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy on adventure sports in the state within two weeks.

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Updated:June 22, 2018, 2:33 PM IST
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No More Rafting in Uttarakhand as HC Bans Water Sports
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Nainital: The Uttarakhand High Court has put a ban on white river rafting and paragliding across the state till a transparent policy is framed by the state government on adventure sports.

Underlining the need to regulate adventure sports like white river rafting andparagliding, a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh in a recent order directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy on adventure sports in the state within two weeks.

Till such a policy is framed, no paragliding, white river rafting and other water sports shall be permitted in the state of Uttarakhand, the court said.

The court order came on a PIL alleging issuance of illegal leases in favour of private parties in Ganga riverbed.

The PIL contended that temporary structures are permitted to be set up on the banks of river Ganga and rafting is carried out in the river by private entrepreneurs in the river without any legal sanction.

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