After a ban on beach camps for nearly two years, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has allowed beach camps on 25 sites along the stretch from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh with a small rider. The camps have to be 100 mts raidus away from the middle of the river.
NGT Lifts Ban
The NGT agreed to lift the ban following a report from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on the camps on the riverside. Justice Swatanter Kumar, chief of NGT said in his order” It cannot be disputed that river rafting is one of the significant components of eco-tourism. It needs to be encouraged but with a clear mandate that it should not cause any environmental and biodiversity degradation particularly in relation to the flood plains and the forest areas adjacent to the sites identified for river rafting,”
Camps on 25 beaches allowed
The order said: “The portion of the identified beaches which majorly fall outside the restriction of 100 meters should alone be used for effective camping activity i.e. putting up of tents, providing of toilets and such other requirements of necessity. While the remaining part of the beach, should not be permitted to be used for any effective activity except a casual use for the purpose of walking and such activity which is not dependent upon requirement of any other permanent or temporary infrastructure.”
In December 2015, the NGT had banned rafting and camping activities along the river.