Boat Tragedy: Andhrajyothy Warned It A Day Ago

Boat Tragedy: Andhrajyothy Warned It A Day Ago

Despite cautions from media over possible boat tragedy owing to overflow of river Godavari, officials of AP state government seems to have ignored as they failed to avert the major boat tragedy.

A private tourist boat carrying 60 people including 9 crew members capsized in Godavari river in East Godavari district today. 12 people drowned, 23 were rescued and around 30 were missing. The boat was heading to Papikondalu from Gandi Pochamma Temple near Devipatnam. Due to the uneven flow near Kachhuluru, it bent towards one side and was in that position for longtime before it finally capsized.

A few media publications have reported that boats are being run in dangerous routes. The media cautioned the officials to intervene and immediately stop the running of boats to Papikondalu. Andhrajyothy has written a news article on Sep 14 about the danger posed for boats enroute to Papikondalu. With officials not acted in time and failed to take strong precautionary measures, a major tragedy struck where 12 precious lives lost and nearly 30 others missing.

AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has passed immediate orders to stop all the boat services and further ordered to check the licenses of the boat crew. He directed the officials to form an Expert Committee to suggest guidelines to permit the boats on rivers. He ordered for a complete report on the incident.

However, prevention is always better. Lack of precautionary measures and negligence of officials is clearly visible. At least, the officials and government should have considered the cautions made by media on time.