J&K govt bans rafting in Valley rivers till further orders

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned rafting in Valley rivers till further orders in the wake of recent accidents in Lidder in which three persons were killed, officials said on Friday.

They said the Director Tourism, Kashmir, in an order issued on June 19 said, ”In the interest of administration and safety of tourists, it is hereby ordered that all rafting related activities at all tourist destinations, particularly at Pahalgam and Sonamarg shall remain suspended till a proper mechanism and technical guidance is put in place at all such locations.”

The order further said ”the officers concerned shall ensure implementation of the order in letter and spirit and report compliance”.

On July 1, a tourist guide Rouf Ahmad Dar drowned after saving five tourists during a rafting accident in Lidder river passing through Pahalgam. On June 18, two people, including a woman employee of tourism department, drowned during rafting in the Lidder river.

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