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Another boat mishap in Odisha: No lessons learnt from past tragedies

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Bhubaneswar: Several past incidents of boat capsize and subsequent loss of human lives in Chilika Lake and other rivers of Odisha have seemingly yielded no lessons for the administration.

A day after the tragic boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river in Kendrapara district which claimed ten lives, including eight children and two women, it has come to fore that the concerned boat was ferrying passengers without any licence. This apart, there was no provision of any life jacket on the boat, informed Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today.

Allowing the boat to operate without a licence has raised serious questions against the administration. On the other hand, Kendrapara Collector Dasarathy Satpathy said the boat capsized due to ferrying passengers more than its capacity.

Last year, a boat carrying 18 tourists had capsized in Chilika lake on July 16 killing six persons. In a report submitted by the Directorate of Ports and Inland Water Transport in connection with the incident, it was mentioned that life jackets were not used during the mishap.

Lapses, either on the part of boatmen or administration, have resulted in loss of human lives on several occasions in the past.

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