Can we avoid accidents and pollution related to river-based recreational activities without imposing strict controls?
Because self-discipline is a rare trait.
Controls are also necessary as the rivers meet daily water requirements of many of us.
So, Uttarakhand River Rafting / Kayaking Rules 2014 define legal obligations of the operators organizing kayaking and rafting tours in Uttarakhand. They have to do the following to prevent the rivers from becoming accident zones and dust bins:
1. Communicate and cooperate with fellow guides and operators in professional and friendly manner (Rule 28-5).
2. Don’t allow non-swimmers to bodysurf in the flowing water (Rules 28-6). Bodysurf means floating on or riding the crests of the river waves without a surf board.
3. Don’t conduct kayaking and rafting trips in bad weather (Rule 28-7).
4. Don’t disturb peace and life of locals (Rule 28-3).
5. Don’t ply motor boats in kayaking and rafting area (Rule 28-12).
6. Don’t pollute rivers in any manner (Rule 28-2).
7. Don’t throw burning cigarettes in forests (Rules 28-9).
8. Don’t use drugs during the trip and at the camp site (Rule 28-9).
9. Don’t use nets and explosives in the river (Rule 28-2).
10. Protect kayaking and river rafting areas in all ways (Rule 28-3).
11. Respect religious sentiments attached to the rivers (Rule 28-4).
12. Take permission before clicking pictures of locals. Respect local traditions. Do not lure local children with sweets and foodstuff (Rule 28-10).
13. Take permission for angling (Rule 28-2).
14. Tourists shall not carry valuables while kayaking and rafting (Rule 28-11).
15. Trainee guides must not conduct kayaking and rafting trips independently during training period (Rule 28-8).