Tufan Hamarat- Cihan Kaya / Muğla, Aug 18 () - At the Dalaman Brook in Aegean province of Muğla, Turkey’s key address for rafting enthusiasts, rafting trainers had to install their own track to help adventurers reach the main course, due to constructions along the region.
The threat of seven different hydroelectric plant constructions in various sizes has hit the rafting industry along the 12-kilometers-long rafting brook of Dalaman, as number of tracks has fallen. General Directorate for State Hydraulic Works has banned rafting in the area, due to increasing retain of water at constructions of Akköprü Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant in 2011, within the Köyceğiz district.
Every year, around 20,000 visitors flock to the brook for rafting trips. Thus, rafting tour companies have rolled up their sleeves and installed their own and new alleys, through which tourists can reach the main track by walking the Grade 5 track. Adventurors have already began to raft at this new 12-km-long track, which is more risky comparing to the older one.
Rafting trainers announced that enthousiasts of rafting should interrogate the experience and education of trainers, and train themselves well to enjoy the nature while doing sports. On the other hand, the sector keeps declining every day because of the constructions, according to the trainers.
Rafting trips cost around 100 liras including breakfast and launch along with transportation to the rafting center, and visitors are hosted by tourism centers in the area.