Adventure Tourism

India may use sat phones for adventure tourism

SHIVPURI

The Indian government may give the go-ahead to adventure tour operators for the use of satellite phones, with a final decision expected in the next few months.

Despite industry demands for permission to use satellite phones – previously a standard requirement to ensure the safety of adventure tourists travelling to remote areas – the government has baulked over security concerns.

However, Anand Kumar, joint secretary at India’s Ministry of Tourism, confirmed: “We are taking up the issue with Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Telecommunications. We are discussing the ways we can implement it. Allowing satellite phones is in active consideration.”

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