Dist admn lays down 23 conditions for rafting

 The district administration has laid down 23 conditions for organisations engaged in river rafting in river Cauvery, at Dubare. If any one violates the conditions, then it is a punishable offence, said Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tiwari.

The decision has been taken in the interest of the safety of the tourists and also to carry out rafting legally. The police will file case under IPC Section 280 (Rash navigation of vessel) and 282 (Conveying person by water for hire in unsafe or overloaded vessel) against those who violate the 23 conditions. Under these Sections, the offenders will be sentenced to six months of imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1,000 or both.

Conditions

The organisations engaged in rafting should take permission from police, forest, fire services and tourism department compulsorily. The guides should be trained by the recognised organisations. All the guides should have identity cards issued by the forest department and should wear uniform. All the guides should have undergone training in first aid techniques.

The district tourism development committee will fix the amount to be charged from the tourists. The guides should not smoke and drink alcohol. If they indulge in it, then their license will be cancelled. The timings for rafting is 9 am to 5 pm.

It may be recalled that former MLC M C Nanaiah had submitted a complaint to the DC to act against illegal rafting in Dubare.

In a report, the SP had said that there are nine raft owners with 387 rafts. However, none of the guides have any training from the recognised institutes. Nine criminal cases were registered against rafters in Kushalnagar police station. Hence, in the report submitted to the DC, the SP has urged to ban rafting which does not follow the guidelines.

The Nanjarayapattana gram panchayat has entrusted the responsibility to collect parking fee at Dubare to one who has won bid in the tender. However, there is no basic facilities including toilets for the tourists. Hence, the district administration is planning to entrust the responsibility of parking other basic facilities, to the tourism department.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, the DC said that thousands of tourists visit the district every year. It is our resposnibility to ensure their safety. Hence, terms and conditions have been laid for rafting.

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