The death toll in Krishna River boat capsize incident has risen to 21 with bodies being recovered yesterday too. So, who is the most irresponsible person anyway for this grave incident? Government officials? Politicians? Boat operator and driver? Or people? Frankly speaking, everyone involved in the incident is responsible for this unfortunate incident.
As the incident occurred, government lodged cases on boat operator and announced 10 lakh ex-gratia for the people. Rather than, the government should have made proper arrangements throughout the ferry ghats, by including a disaster relief expert swimmers team that could save people during such times.
Coming to bureaucrats, they should have properly inspected the permissions issued to the boat and the license of the operator. Also, this accident could have been averted easily if the inspecting official stopped the boat at the ferry, rather asking it to move to some other point.
Had the boat’s driver been little careful, he wouldn’t have hit the silt mound. Also rather swimming offshore and rushing into oblivion, he would have saved 10 lives easily by dragging people to shore.
And, when they don’t know swimming, how come people boarding the boat didn’t wear life jackets? They should have demanded them if the operator hasn’t provided one.
Lack of both awareness and ignorance are also big mistakes of people when it comes to boarding such boats, isn’t it?