STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Odisha Orders RDC Probe into Hirakud Boat Tragedy

The Odisha Government on Monday ordered a probe by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) into the boat accident in Hirakud Dam Reservoir.

Published: 11th February 2014 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2014 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

The Odisha Government on Monday ordered a probe by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) into the boat accident in Hirakud Dam Reservoir.

Making a statement on the incident in the Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das said the Chief Minister, who is in New Delhi, has already announced the RDC probe into the incident.

The minister said the boatman of the ill-fated boat has become untraceable after the incident. The Chief Minister has announced an exgratia of `1.5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to the next of kin of the deceased, the minister said and added that all treatment expenses of the injured would be borne by the state government.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh demanded that the incident should be discussed in the House to fix responsibility.

Criticising the district administration for the lapses that resulted in such a tragic accident, BJP state unit president K V Singhdeo alleged that standard safety measures were never adopted in any of the waterbodies where boats are being operated.

Singhdeo said the state government should put in place a monitoring body and boats should not be allowed to carry more than their capacity. Santosh Singh Saluja of the Congress demanded strong action against those responsible for the accident. He asked whether adequate safety arrangements were in place and why there was no monitoring body to prevent boats from carrying excess passengers. Congress members Anup Sai and Mamata Madhi also criticised the state government for not taking measures to prevent boat accidents.

Rahul’s Visit

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited the site of boat tragedy in Hirakud reservoir and conducted an aerial survey of the area. He spent some time at Jamadarpali Ghat on the banks of River Mahanadi and met some families that lost their dear ones.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp