Chilika tragedy: Boats to get GPS system, says Minister

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Directorate Of Ports & Inland Water Transport submitted inquiry report on Chilika boat tragedy, Transport Minister Nrusingha Sahoo today held boat driver equally responsible along with the wind which has been mentioned in the report as main cause of mishap.

“There were 20 life jackets in the boat. But the driver did not give the jackets to passengers. Moreover, there were fault in the boat. So, action will be taken against him. He has already been arrested”, Sahoo said.

Henceforth, surveyors will be appointed in the boats to inspect and ensure the use of life jackets. All boats in Chilika will be equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) which can give report of weather condition, the minister added, he added.

Yesterday, the Directorate Of Ports & Inland Water Transport submitted inquiry report holding strong wind as main reason of boat mishap.

The boat mishap that took place on last Saturday claimed six lives including that of four minors.

The mishap occurred when the boat was hit by gusty wind following which it lost balance and capsized. As many as 18 passengers were travelling in boat from Kalijai temple to Balugaon. Six of them including four minors drowned.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced Rs 5 lakh compensation each to the family of deceased and free treatment for the injured.

The boat driver was also arrested for allegedly flouting boat norms.


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