By Richard Roworth, Oct 14 2014 06:00PM
The reaction follows a report in the Times of India stating that the Indian government proposes to lift a ban on satellite phones in a move that will mean an improved safety network for adventure enthusiasts.
It is expected that the country will now experience an influx of people from around the world wanting to finally make the most of India’s sprawling natural wilderness.
Trekking in the north-east, as well as skiing in the upper echelons of the Himalayas, has always been considered a selling point for potential expatriates and it is likely this move will accelerate the process.
Until now, safety concerns have dogged the adventure market in India. A lack of connectivity on non-satellite phones meant in the event of an emergency people would be left stranded without help. The phone’s had previously been banned due to security concerns and the difficult process that is involved with monitoring them.
This is a step that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the country, now opening doors for serious financial investment to be considered in regions that are particularly popular with those passionate about adventure. With India’s economy on the rise, it is likely that the country will experience an influx of ‘perma-adventurers’ over the next few years, such is the case in regions such as the Alps and the Dolomites in Europe.
A spokesperson for Interdean, global leaders in international relocation, has released a statement following the news. ‘Safety has and always will be the primary concern for those wishing to take part in such activities, and the use of satellite phones will ease many of the reservations the global community has had in the past regarding adventure excursions in India.
‘It is extremely encouraging to see the Indian government take such positive steps towards the development of these regions. As a result, we can expect to see a serious incline in interest when it comes to relocating to the beautiful parts of India that offer these activities, whether that is from enthusiasts and expatriates or investors and sponsors.’
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