ANANTNAG: A day after a woman tourist from Gujarat died in a rafting boat accident in Pahalgam, authorities on Friday banned rafting within the jurisdiction of Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) till further orders.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Saugat Biswas has already ordered an inquiry into the incident and appointed Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Anantnag as inquiry officer who will submit the report within four days.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PDA Riyaz Ahmad, has imposed ban on the rafting in Lidder river, within the jurisdiction of PDA.
Assistant Director Tourism PDA Tariq Ahmad has been asked to ensure that no rafting activity takes place within the jurisdiction of PDA till further orders.
“I have ordered a ban on rafting in Pahalgam and have asked the concerned officials not to allow any rafting activity,” Riyaz told Kashmir Reader.
He said that they can’t allow “adventure tourism at the cost of lives of tourists.”
“We will have to see if the rafting agencies operating in Pahalgam adopt the norms or not and only then we can allow them to operate,” Riyaz added.
56-year-old Harsha Shah, wife of Mohinder lost her life after the raft, in which she along with her family was enjoying a ride, capsized in Lidder River on Thursday.