Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said safety provisions for tourists were the primary responsibility of state governments and Union territory administrations. (Shutterstock image)
Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said safety provisions for tourists were the primary responsibility of state governments and Union territory administrations. (Shutterstock image)

Centre asks states to identify accident-prone selfie zones

Advisory includes erection of signboards, warning visitors of dangers involved in taking selfies at such locations, posting volunteers, sensitisation through public address systems and barricading areas.
Press Trust of India | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 06:34 PM IST

The Centre has asked state governments to identify tourist spots where accidents occur frequently when people take selfies, following reports of several such incidents.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Tuesday said safety provisions for tourists, including precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incident such as declaring “No-Selfie Zones” at popular tourist sites, were the primary responsibility of the state governments and Union territory administrations.

“Accidents occurring in the process of taking selfies are reported from time to time. However, the Ministry of Tourism has advised all state governments and Union Territory administrations to take the following measures to safeguard tourists who intend to take selfies at tourists sites or destinations,” the minister said.

The advisory issued by the tourism ministry includes identification of all such tourist spots that are prone to accidents, erection of signboards, warning visitors of the danger involved in taking selfies at such locations, posting volunteers or tourist police personnel at such places, sensitisation through public address systems, spreading awareness through social and other media campaigns and barricading areas.

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