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Rule 10 (2014)
Duties and responsibilities of kayaking and rafting permit holders / operators working in Uttarakhand
Rule 10-1: Compliance
The permit holders / operators and their staff shall act in compliance with the rules and the related provisions.
Rule 10-2: Kayaking and rafting rates (₹)
The permit holders / operators shall
Inform about charges and revised charges for kayaking and rafting to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB).
Publish the charges in the company booklets and / or brochures.
Rule 10-3: Well-appointed office
A well-appointed office is obligatory for the permit holders / operators.
They shall comply with this obligatory provision within two months.
The reception in the office / camp should have a complaint and suggestion book.
Rule 10-4: Business Data Collection
Report monthly data about both foreign and domestic tourists to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) in the format prescribed in Annexure D of the rules. The annexure includes date-wise gender-specific data and the total data columns.
Upload the data on the website of the board.
Comment: This is a good decision and a step towards compiling adventure tourism statistics. But is there any provision to check authenticity of the data uploaded?
Rule 10-5 & -6: Local job creation
Appoint permanent residents (domiciles) of Uttarakhand in line with the Industries Department directives. (Rule 10-5)
Report appointment of a foreign, including Nepali river guide to the local police station. (Rule 10-6)
Take responsibility of the non-domicile guides. Furnish an undertaking to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB). (Rule 10-6)
☂ Rule 10-7: Bearing capacity of kayaks, rafts
Bearing capacity means the weight a kayak or raft can hold without sinking.
Never ignore the bearing capacity of the kayaks and rafts determined by the manufacturer or the Technical Committee.
✍ Rule 10-8: Information about VIP kayakers and rafters
Inform about VIP kayakers and rafters to the Tourism Department and local district administration.
☂ Rule 10-9: Accidents, untoward incidents
Report accidents and untoward incidents as quickly as reasonably possible to
- The CEO of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB),
- Local police station, and
- Local district administration.
Bear all legal liabilities in such cases.
Cannot hold the board responsible for these incidents and the consequent liabilities.
☂ Rule 10-10 & -12: Safety measures
Every kayaker, river guide, and senior guide shall operate either (Rule 10-10)
- One safety kayak and one raft in each trip or
- Minimum of two rafts
Single kayak or single raft operations are prohibited. (Rule 10-10)
Obtain a token from the check post at the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) designated starting kayaking and rafting points. (Rule 10-12)
Return the token at the designated end point or completion of the trip. (Rule 10-12)
Comment: Very good. It will help in increasing safety of the tourists and building confidence and check unwanted practices.
Rule 10-11: Registration Number
Write the registration number in legible font on the front side and backside of the kayak or raft.
Ensure that the number is readable from a reasonable distance.
⚙ Rule 10-13: Equipment, parking
Do not park vehicles along the roads, including highways, and public places where these stationary vehicles can cause traffic problems.
Do not store the equipment in the above places.
Rule 10-14: Permit on demand
On demand show permit to
- CEO of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB)
- Nominated representative of the CEO