MYSURU: Big-ticket Dasara events like food festival and Yuva Dasara may have been counted out of the festivities this year owing to Covid-19. But water sporting activities are expected to pep up the Dasara spirit.
Unlike earlier, the organisers of water sports are keen on helping adventure freaks keep themselves fit with kayaking and canoeing this year. They are giving offers to attract crowds. It’s an outdoor activity and there is no fear of infection, they claim.
Tourism department joint director T Motilal said the department has given permission to a private company to conduct water sports at Varuna Lake years ago, and they may start the activity soon. “We have instructed them to strictly follow all Covid protocols to prevent the virus spread,” he said.
Owing to the current situation, water sports organiser Aleem of Outback Adventures said they have removed some of the activities that may expose water sport enthusiasts to infection and that they are promoting kayaking and canoeing which help them keep fit.
“Trampoline and banana rides stand cancelled as they call for diving in water. Change rooms are shut as there is no inner-water activity. All Covid protocols are in place. We have about 150 safety jackets which would be sanitised soon after single use. After every activity, the equipment are disinfected,” he stated.
Membership drives for these activities would soon start.
Meanwhile, bird watching trips are being organised in morning hours near the lake off NH-766 on T Narasipura Road.