Jammu & Kashmir

Life saving jackets mandatory in shikaras in Dal, other lakes: Admin

A wide view of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Umar Farooq]

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has made life saving jackets mandatory for Shikara boats in Dal and Nigeen lakes besides other water bodies across the Union Territory.

The step has been taken to ensure safety of tourists taking Shikara rides in Dal and Nageen Lakes and other water bodies and to prevent any untoward incident in view of inclement weather conditions, according to an order.

The order stated that as per the JK Tourism Policy guidelines, each Shikara boat registered under JK Tourist Trade Act, 1978 shall maintain the availability of a minimum of three life saving jackets of recommended quality and specifications in the boat at all times.

It added that any lenience on part of anyone, their registration under the Act shall be cancelled.

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