Government Lifts Ban on Satellite Phones to Boost Adventure Sports
A recent PIB release suggests, the Union Ministry of Tourism has finalized a scheme for Procurement, Registration and use of Satellite Phones by the Tour operators which has been concurred to by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) had requested the Ministry of Tourism to lift the ban on use of Satellite Phones for Tourism purposes.
Lack of communication facilities has affected some adventure sports like high altitude mountaineering, trekking etc. The various adventure sports available in India are mountaineering, trekking, river rafting, parasailing, paragliding, bungee jumping etc.
This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.