Trekking death: Maha told to clarify stand on regulating camps
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra government to state if it has a policy in place to keep a tab on trekking camps being organised by unregistered tour operators.
A division bench of Justices DD Sinha and KK Tated directed the government to file an affidavit clarifying its stand on the issue.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Anil and Sunita Mahajan, whose son Harshal died in May 2006 during a trekking camp to Kulu Manali, organised by city-based 'Sahyadri Adventure Foundation'.
Soon after the mishap, the victim's parents had approached the consumer forum which in November 2009 directed the organiser to pay Rs 2 lakh in compensation.
The parents then approached the high court seeking to know if there is any policy of the state government or if it proposes to formulate one to regulate such camps organised by private organisations.
According to the petition, several such organisations are not even registered.