Sharath S. Srivatsa

BANGALORE: With adventure tourism and sports gaining popularity in the State, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) has proposed to frame guidelines to ensure tourists’ safety.

The exercise will include certification for agencies organising such activities. This comes after increased accidents in adventure sports activities across the country.

“Fatal accidents have been reported in trekking and water sports in the past and we want to take precautions. A document comprising guidelines to help various organisations involved in adventure activities will be brought out.

The KSTDC will approach the National Institute of Water Sports-Goa, Bangalore-based General Thimmaiah National Academy for Adventure, besides leading mountaineering institutes in the country.

Initially, the corporation wants to identify potential regions where adventure activities are already taking place.

These include water bodies used for white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking and hills where rock climbing and other activities are taking place.