Bad news for adventure junkies! No river rafting in Rishikesh this Holi
In a first, authorities in Rishikesh have decided to close rafting activities on Holi this year.
This decision was taken after an agreement between the Rishikesh rafting businessmen and the police administration. A meeting was held between the representatives of Rishikesh rafting companies and Inspector-in-charge Ritesh Shah at Thana Munikireti.
According to the Inspector in charge, “talks were held with the representatives of rafting companies on the instructions of Senior Superintendent of Police Navneet Singh Bhullar in view of incidents of hooliganism, drunkenness and water accidents. Successful completion of the Holi festival is a big challenge for the police.”
He added that it has become a big challenge for the administration to conduct the Holi festival safely considering the current tourist season in Rishikesh, the huge crowd of tourists coming from outside and 100% booking of hotels. In view of this, it has been unanimously decided to keep the activities related to rafting closed on March 8.
The representatives of rafting companies had given a letter to the sub-collector, Narendra Nagar, assuring active cooperation to the police in this matter, after which a general meeting was convened by the sub-collector and the representatives of the rafting company, in which there was a consensus. It has been decided to stop the operation of rafting on Holi.
Notably, all the hotels, resorts and camps of the pilgrimage city have already been booked for the coming Holi festival. A large number of tourists from the country and abroad reach Rishikesh during the festival season, but this time, security has been beefed up for the festival of Holi with a view to stopping rafting on the river Ganga.