Trekking banned in Himachal's Lahaul-Spiti

Trekking banned in Himachal's Lahaul-Spiti

Keeping in view the geographical conditions of tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti and the coming winter season, Deputy Commissioner Lahaul and Spiti Neeraj Kumar today issued an order banning trekking and mountaineering activities in the entire district. Photo for representation only.

Tribune News Service

Mandi, October 6

Keeping in view the geographical conditions of tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti and the coming winter season, Deputy Commissioner Lahaul and Spiti Neeraj Kumar today issued an order banning trekking and mountaineering activities in the entire district.

The Deputy Commissioner stated that trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts often visit the district even in winter season. During winter season, the weather can turn unfavourable within no time, which can pose a threat to the life of the trekker.

“In such a situation, there are many difficulties in carrying out search and rescue operations if any person is trapped in the high attitude areas. In view of these circumstances, I have issued an order under Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, which will continue till further orders,” he remarked.

“For disobeying the order, action can be taken against the offenders as per rules. A copy of the order has also been sent to the Superintendent of Police so that trekkers entering the district can be monitored,” he added.

The DC has urged the representatives of panchayati raj institutions, mahila mandals and yuvak mandals to inform the local administration if such activities are noticed in their areas.

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