Majuli Ferry Accident: CM expresses concern; likely to visit Nimatighat tomorrow
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the tragic boat accident at Majuli and directed the District Administration of Majuli & Jorhat districts to undertake a rescue mission expeditiously with the help of NDRF & SDRF.
The chief minister also directed state cabinet minister Bimal Bora to immediately travel to Majuli for taking stock of the situation.
CM Sarma also asked Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha to monitor the developments round-the-clock.
The Chief Minister himself will visit Majuli on Thursday for evaluating the situation.
It is to be noted that, one ferry carrying nearly 150 passengers including women and children has capsized in the Brahmaputra River near the banks of Majuli Island on Wednesday afternoon. The ill-fated ferry capsized after it collided with another ferry going in the opposite direction.
The ferry, believed to be the last one for the day, was on its way from Nimatighat to Majuli. Though several passengers managed to swim across to the bank, many others were feared drowned.
Locals said, “The ferry coming from Nimatighat was around 100 meters away from reaching Majuli bank when it collided with the other ferry going in the opposite direction from Majuli. There were some 25-30 motorbikes also on the ferry that drowned completely.”
Meanwhile, at least 20 passengers have been rescued by the rescue operation team following the incident.
Further search operations are on.
Update: Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also expressed his concern over the tragic boat accident at Majuli on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter, Union Minister Sonowal said, “Anguished to learn of the ferry accident in Majuli. I have talked with Assam CM Shri @himantabiswa regarding the accident and he has informed me of ongoing rescue and relief operations. I have directed @shipmin_india to provide all necessary support to help the victims.”