Banning of Rafting in Pahalgam: KROA wants Tourism Department to derecognise defaulters

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Rafting Operators Association (KROA) has expressed concern over the recent events at Pahalgam that led to authorities banning rafting activities in the area.
KROA said that some unauthorized companies those were not permitted to operate rafting at Mamal stretch of Lidder River by Tourism Department, violated the rules and regulations.
They feared some vested interests were behind the plans to make sure rafting activities stopped in Pahalgam.
According to the statement issued by the association, an emergent meeting of the KROA was held Monday in which many commercial rafting operators took part.
“The meeting debated on the controversies being planned by some vested interests against operation of rafting on river Lidder in Kashmir. The stakeholders also passed a condolence in favour of the lady who passed away some days ago while rafting at Mamal (Pahalgam),” the statement said.
The association said the rafting was operated at restricted stretch in Pahalgam by defiant operators arrogantly disobeying the orders of the Tourism Department.
“The KROA expressed its displeasure against these companies for disobeying the orders of the Tourism Department and suggested serious action to be undertaken against them. The defaulters should be derecognized forthwith,” it said.
It said KROA expressed its full faith in Tourism Department for regulating the smooth rafting in Kashmir.
“There should not be any political interference in operating the adventure tourism as it is most technical part of our tourism,” it added.