Srinagar, Jul 7 : Reacting to reports that the white water rafting will resume in world famous health resort of Pahalgam from Sunday after implementation of the guidelines to avoid any accident, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti hoped that adequate safety measures are in place.
'“After all the rafting accidents that’ve taken place in Pahalgam, one can only hope adequate safety measures are in place,' Ms Mufti, who is the President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.The state government had last month banned rafting in Pahalgam and another tourist resort of Sonamarg till further orders in the wake of accidents in Lidder in which three persons were killed.
The government later sought opinion from an expert to suggest various measures to be taken for augmenting safety measures already in place in Pahalgam and Sonamarg.
On July 1, a tourist guide Rouf Ahmad Dar drowned after saving five tourists, including foreigners, during a rafting accident in Lidder river passing through Pahalgam. On June 18, two people, including a woman employee of tourism department, drowned during rafting in the same river.(UNI)