Paragliding guidelines to be readied

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

Darjeeling: A meeting of the Kalimpong district administration, police, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and the association of paragliders yesterday decided to suspend paragliding for some more months till proper guidelines and modalities are worked out.
Paragliding, which is a popular tourist attraction, was suspended after a paraglider, Purushutham Timilsina of Pokhra in Nepal, died in a crash on November 24.
Binay Tamang, the acting GTA chairman, said the safety and security aspect will have to be taken into account while framing the guidelines. “The meeting was called in the wake of the tragic incident. Earlier in the month, we had formed a committee to prepare guidelines for rafting, and we will do the same with paragliding,” he said.
Tamang said the Air Force will also have to be consulted before framing the guidelines since the hills are a no-fly zone. "We will need an NOC of the Air Force. We will soon hold a meeting of the Air Force and other stakeholders to prepare the guidelines," he said.

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