Foreign tourists disembark from a boat on the banks of Dal Lake as they prepare to leave Srinagar on August 03, 2019
Foreign tourists disembark from a boat on the banks of Dal Lake as they prepare to leave Srinagar on August 03, 2019 | Credit: REUTERS

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Government has taken a significant step to enhance the safety measures for tourists by making the use of ‘life-saving jackets’ mandatory for Shikara boats operating in Dal and Nigeen lakes, as well as other water bodies in the region.

According to an official order issued today, the government emphasized the importance of ensuring the well-being of tourists during Shikara rides, particularly in unpredictable weather conditions.

In compliance with the J&K Tourism Policy guidelines, every Shikara boat registered under the J&K Tourist Trade Act, 1978, must be equipped with a minimum of three recommended quality and specification life-saving jackets at all times. Failure to comply with this requirement, as per the order, will result in the cancellation of registration under the aforementioned Act.

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This proactive measure aims to mitigate potential risks and prevent untoward incidents, providing a safer environment for tourists exploring the serene waters of Jammu and Kashmir.

By implementing this regulation, the government aims to bolster the overall safety standards and maintain the region’s reputation as a preferred tourist destination.

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