No more illegal paragliding in Manali
MANALI: The unorganized and dangerous game of paragliding in Manali which was mostly being operated by Nepalese and youths from outside
Himachal has came to an end with formation of paragliders association and
strictness by tourism department on Tuesday.
Paragliding in Manali
After government
put restriction on all adventure activities in Rohtang area, the most popular
activity – paragliding — remained shut for many days in Solang valley which
has been resumed by the paragliding association on Tuesday with some strict
terms and conditions. Tourism department had recently raided Marhi and Solang valley for illegal paragliding and challaned many paragliders. Most of the
paragliders who fly along with tourists have no technical knowledge and have no
license to fly. Many tourists sustained injuries due to bad take off and
landing in past few years. Finally a screw has been tightened over illegal and
unauthorized flying.
“All Nepali and
other unauthorized pilots have been expelled. Nobody would be allowed to fly
with tourists except for skilled and license holders from Wednesday,” founder
of the association Roshan Lal said. He said countless paragliders were flying
at all places of Manali without having proper technical knowledge which was
leading to risk and inconvenience to tourists. “Now the number has been limited
to about 100 and area of paragliding has also been marked.
Though a
complete ban would be imposed on paragliding from July 15 due peak monsoon
season, but the activity would continue till then. Paragliders have turned
strict after government put ban on most of the activities on Rohtang area.
Fearing government’s intervention, they chose to improve standards of
paragliding themselves.
“Tourism
department has allotted authorized licenses to some pilots. Still our
association would check if the license holder has enough technical knowledge to
fly or he should not be allowed to offer his services. Now all paragliders will
have to register themselves with the paragliders association to be able to fly
in Manali,” Ganga Thakur, another member of assocaiton, said.
Tourism assistant
director Minu Ram Dhiman said they never had put ban on paraglding but just had
challaned some unauthorized pilots who were flying at Marhi. “Marhi is not fit
for flying. Solang valley has been identified for this purpose. We are always
in favor of promotion of safe and eco friendly tourism. All paragliders are
directed to fly in area identified for this purpose,” he said.

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