River rafting banned in Rishikesh

The Uttarakhand High Court has restricted water sports, wilderness boating and paragliding in the state referring to wellbeing and natural concerns. The request has come as a colossal stun to the enterprise tourism industry in their pinnacle season.  


In a request that was made accessible on Thursday, the court stated, "We are stunned to realize that the state government is allowing campgrounds on the stream beds. It dirties nature and environment of the waterway and the encompassing zones."

"The State government is coordinated to set up the straightforward arrangement inside a time of two weeks. Till the arrangement is encircled, no white stream boating, paragliding, and other water sports will be allowed in the province of Uttarakhand," the request said.


The court additionally observed the passing’s caused by boating each year because of inverting of the pontoons. Wilderness boating in Uttarakhand is esteemed at nearly Rs. 70-80 crores. It utilizes roughly 10,000 individuals including guides, cooks, educators, and drivers.

As indicated by Rishikesh-based solicitor Hari Om Kashyap, impermanent structures are being allowed to be set up on the banks of the waterway and boating is being completed by privately owned businesses without any law.

Gagan Bhist who possesses Char Machan, an experience sports organization, said they get guests from the nation over and June is their pinnacle season. The boycott is a shock to his business. Over the most recent 24 hours, 200 retractions have fetched his business lost Rs. 4 lakh.


"We respect the court arrange however it must be the privilege of the state to actualize laws. We need to safeguard the nature and the earth here as it gives us our occupation yet for what reason should we confront the results particularly when there are just eight days left for this season," he included.

Rafters camp along the stream with rich green bumpy woods shaping the foundation and utility vehicles to transport their pontoons into the water. Specialists say this causes disintegration of the waterway quaint little inn clog along the stream.

Ecological dissident Harinder Dhingra stated, "We can't have vehicles being driven on the stream quaint little inns outdoors there. They desert litter. The plastic that is dumped there is gagging our waterways and we have additionally observed mishaps before." 


According to several resources, I found out that there were around 40000 folks indulged in this adventure sport and as the High Court has banned it the folks are left with nothing and are finding difficulty to switch themselves in any alternative work to earn their livelihood.

So is it justice to ban such thrilling sport…?

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Vishal Kesarwani

Vishal Kesarwani 2 months ago  Reply

After months of planning and anticipation, I somehow managed to convince my friends last weekend to join me on a trip to Rishikesh for river-rafting. However, the moment we reached Rishikesh, all our enthusiasm was washed away because a Uttarakhand High Court order banned white water rafting and paragliding in the state.

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