The district administration has directed rafters to adopt proper safety guidelines during water sports activities in Beas River, saying safety of tourists is a must for tourism to flourish.
The previous year, a number of tourists lost their lives while rafting in Beas River, which raised serious concerns about the safety of tourists here. Hindustan Times highlighted the issue constantly, which forced the authorities to enforce safety measures strictly to avoid such incidents in the future.
Every year, the tourism department provides license to rafters, who provide the facility to tourists, for one year to run businesses.
With the licenses expiring on April 30, no fresh ones have been issues, threatening the livelihood of more than 300 rafters across the district. However, deputy commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar told HT that he has asked district raft association members to equip themselves with proper safety guidelines as required by authority and only then will the licences be renewed.
According to Kullu raft association chairperson Shyam Chand, rafters were seeking relaxation for some time from the district administration to run their business till the fulfillment of norms, but added that the authorities declined to compromise with safety standard in view of public interest.