“Stop the ‘showoff’, Start real work”: APCC slams BJP over boat tragedy
Guwahati: Assam Congress asked ruling BJP party to stop the ‘showoff’ and start working in the real issues. A day after the tragic ferry mishap killed at least one and two missing in Brahmaputra river in Majuli, opposition Congress hit back on the chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma led state government for its failure to protect precious lives.
Throwing a number of questions before the government, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) also demanded the state government to pay an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each to the deceased persons’ families.
“They must also immediately give a statement on the status of the RoRo Ferry Service and also update on the proposed Bridge. An estimate of Rs 925.47 Cr. is reported to have been sanctioned and the work has been awarded to M/s UP State Bridge corporation Limited. What is the progress report of the money being sanctioned and utilized?” asked APCC chief Bhupen Borah.
The APCC further demanded that state government should make regulations on the life and license of ferries and boat that are plying on the Brahmaputra as well.
He added, “Lessons were not learnt from the unfortunate boat capsize that happened in North Guwahati in September 2018. The precautions that should have been taken by the BJP government all over Assam on Inland water transport after this incident was simply not visible when the ferry accident happened in Nimatighat.”
There was allegedly no provisions of safety kits like life jackets, swimming tubes were seen which should have been available immediately at the time of crisis. Presence of rescuers was also not visible.
The Congress leader said that it was a matter of shame that Bikramaditya Choudhury, in charge executive engineer of IWT who has been suspended twice in three years for negligence of duty was reinstated in responsible positions where people’s lives are stake.
“Enough of Bhumi Pujan and Namami Brahmaputra of the BJP government. They should concentrate on lives of common people of Assam,” APCC said.