Heli-skiing pioneer ordered to leave India for flouting visa rules

Heli-skiing pioneer ordered to leave India for flouting visa rules

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 04:33 hrs

An Australian national and pioneer of heli-skiing in the Indian Himalayas for the past 20 years has been ordered to leave India within two weeks for violating visa rules by the Himachal Pradesh police on Tuesday.

Roderick Mackenzie is based in the popular tourist resort town of Manali and has a business visa valid upto October 2014.

“He has a business visa and works for the Himalayan Heli Adventures (HHA), but he failed to prove his position in this company and submission of required papers related to his business,” said Abhishek Dular, superintendent of police Kullu district.

“According to the MD of the company, Mackenzie is working as a consultant on honourary basis though he has a business visa,” Dular said.

On verification, the foreigner was found violating visa rules as he was found working as a consultant and not doing business. Hence, he has been issued a notice from SP Kullu to leave India within 14 days of receiving the notice, failing which he shall be liable for action under foreigners Act 1946.

Mackenzie is also a well known photographer and mountaineer. He scaled the Mount Everest in 1989 and has been living mostly in India since the past twenty years.

HHA claims to be the only company in Asia (outside Japan) to conduct the highly thrilling helicoper skiing adventure sport. Majority of the heli-skiers here are foreigners.

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