River Rafting, Paragliding restart in Kullu-Manali
MANALI: Two months after Kullu administration had imposed a
complete ban on water and aero sports following fierce monsoon, the ban has
been lifted after the weather conditions returning to normalcy.
Thousands of
tourists visiting Manali will be able to enjoy paragliding, river rafting,
river crossing and other sports associated to water from today. Given the
safety of tourists, these activities were stopped
River rafting in Kullu Manali

between July 15 and September
15 when rivers and streams flow above the normal level and high velocity winds
make it risky to fly with paragliders.

“Both
paragliding and river rafting are starting officially from Monday. Now the
water in rivers has come down to safe level and weather is pleasant for
paragliding,” district tourism development officer Ashwani Kumar said. According
to him, special teams have been formed to keep sharp watch over all adventure
activities.
Administration
puts ban on river rafting under River Rafting Act 2005 and paragliding under
Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2004. “Steps have been taken for the safety
of the tourists. All service providers need to have valid license to operate
rafting and paragliding. Many more officials have been empowered to challan the
illegal service providers,” Ashwani said.

Flight to Kullu from today

Flight service to Kullu-Manali airport would be resumed from today (Sept 16). Air India is
operating its regular flight between Delhi and Kullu from Monday, an official
said. The flight will offer one sortie every day, except for Tuesday. People
linked with tourism industry are hoping for a boom in business as industry was
badly paralyzed by the heavy monsoon.

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