No camping along the river Ganga beaches (18th February, 2016) : The Uttarakhand government submitted its report on safe camping on Wednesday (17th February, 2016) which was prepared by Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for 36 km stretch from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. The ban on the camping activity is with effect from December, 2016. The ban on the camping on the beaches was sought after a NOIDA based NGO – SAFE. As per the NGO, the next date for the hearing has been set on 8th March, 2016.
The decision to ban the camping activity has hit the economy of the camping operators very badly. The camping operators have been trying hard to reopen the camping activity and lobbying for the same, since then. It was this effort, which prompted the government to ask WII to submit a report on safe beach camping.
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