Adventure Tourism

Ban on sat phones to go for adventure tourists


In a move that could finally put India on the map as a destination for adventure enthusiasts, the government is likely to lift the ban on use of satellite phones for tourism purposes. This means that tourists trekking in the wilderness in the north-east or skiing in the upper reaches of Himalayas where there is no connectivity can use satellite phones for any emergency.

The issue was discussed in a meeting between ministries of tourism and home affairs recently. At present Thuraya satellite phone service is not allowed in the country for security concerns. The ban was put in place since intelligence agencies find it difficult to keep track of these phones. “The home ministry has agreed in principle to lift the ban,” a source said.

Full report here Times of India



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