MP to resume water tourism with 50% capacity

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Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government will restart water tourism in the state with 50 percent capacity. And for that the government asked boat and cruise operators to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

With the enforcement of the Covid-19 lockdown, the government had shut the water tourism activities in the state since March.

Principal secretary, State Tourism department, Shivshekhar Shukla said in a statement that “Boats and cruises used for tourism and water sports at various locations in Madhya Pradesh can now run with 50 percent capacity of tourists.”

The government has instructed that the boat operators and their staff would have to undergo regular medical check-ups. They have to submit self-declaration that they will immediately inform the local administration, if found infected with coronavirus, he said.

However during the operation of water sports, he said, the participants would strictly follow the government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Similarly the boat operators will also have to maintain a record of visitors and tourists. They will record the name, contact number, address, body temperature and Aadhaar card number of the visitors, he said.

The government has also directed them to sanitise their boats and other equipment after every use. They are also asked to enter the boat club campus with a mask only, the official said.

All those present on the boat club campus need to follow the social distancing norms. And the visitors to be allowed in the boat club through paperless tickets, he added.

In Madhya Pradesh, there are over a dozen water tourism spots, including Bhopal, Hanuwantia (Khandwa), Tawa dam (Hoshangabad), Bargi dam (Jabalpur), Sailani island (Khandwa), Orchha (Niwari), the officials said.

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