Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2021
Going a step further to give a major boost up to tourism, the authorities of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand have finally allowed angling at 32 locations in five rivers namely – Alaknanda, Nandakini, Nigole, Pindar and Ramganga.
The consent for these locations is being issued to self-help groups along with Mahila Mangal Dal and other social organizations. This is permitted for an annual fee of Rs 5,000. The angling would be allowed only for “catch and free,” in which are permitted to catch the fish and at the same time has to release it in the river.
Chamoli district in Uttarakhand is well-known for trout fish and the recent decision of the authority to permit angling is likely to pull greater number of tourists, as expressed by the officials.
To quote Jagdamba Raj, the additional director of fishery department, told TOI, “Though the project was planned for 2020, it could not be executed due to Covid-19.”
He emphasized the fact that last year, at Devlibaga, a month-long training camp for the youth was organized. Here, locals were imparted training on angling and informed them about the technical details.
“Our aim is to help the locals find self-employment,” added the official.
A committee comprising senior district officers would select the name of the permit holders through a lottery system.
For foreign nationals, the rates for angling would be Rs. 2,200; Rs. 150 would be for the Indian tourists and Rs. 20 for the locals.
“The angling will only be on a catch and free basis, where people will have to release the fish after catching it. If they want they can click photographs,” Raj said.