The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways, a non-government citizens’ rights body, on Monday expressed deep concern over passengers carrier water vessels accidents at different places of the country, including accident at Swandip in Chittagong, urged the government to ensure river safety across the country immediately.
The committee adviser and veteran politician Manzurul Ahsan Khan and general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey made the demand in a joint statement to all the concerned authorities.
The NCPSRR statement said that proper supervision is yet to be seen in the waterways in spite of beginning natural calamities like storm and nor’wester.
Lack of dutifulness of concerned administrations, river accidents and causalities has been taking place, the statement said.
The recent accidents include a red boat (a kind of local made mechanized boat) capsized on Monday in the Bay coast near Swandip ghat of Kumira (Guptachhara) to Swandip route where at least four people were killed and 10 to 12 others missing, speedboat capsized in Moheshkhali channel near Parabon on Cox’s bazar to Moheshkhali route where a housewife remained missing, on March 30, a trawler capsized in Megna river near Charkishorganj at Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Dhaka (Rampura) to Chandpur route, where at least 18 bodies were rescued and on March 28, another trawler capsized in Panguchhi river at Morelganj upazial of Bagerhat where at least 18 bodies were recovered and another still missing.
The leaders of the national committee blamed irresponsibility’s of proper authorities and whimsical behaviors of vessels’ drivers and masters for these fatal accidents.
In the statement, the NCPSRR leaders have prayed eternal peace of the departed souls and expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved families.
They have urged the all concerned quarters, including government, to pay proper compensation to the deceased families and taking effective action to avoid waterway accidents.