Ban on shikkara boats lifted


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The district administration lifted the ban on the shikkara boats and has issued new guidelines for ensuring safety of tourists on the backwaters. The ban was imposed by district collector N Padmakumar, after the incident where a couple from Andhra Pradesh drowned in Punnamada Lake on June 11.

The ban was revoked after the committee set up to study about the safety issues in the back water tourism submitted its report to the district administration. “We have issued strict directions to the operators of tourist boats based on the recommendations of the committee. If any of them violates the same, legal action will be initiated,” said the collector.

Full report here Times of India

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