B’baria trawler capsize

Make waterways safe for travelling

Published : 28 Aug 2021 09:09 PM | Updated : 29 Aug 2021 12:26 AM

We express deep shocks and sorrows at the loss of lives in trawler capsize in the Laishka Beel in Brahman aria district. Friday’s tragic incident indicates that the government's efforts to prevent waterway accidents are creating little to no impact.

 Repirtedly, a engine-driven trawler carrying over 100 passengers from Champaknagar ghat of Bijoynagar upazila was heading towards Anandabazar and sank in the Laishka Beel on Friday evening following a head-on collision with another sand loaded vessel. At least twenty two bodies have been recovered so far while 50 others still remain missing. And some passengers were seen trying to swim ashore.  Soon after the accident, hundreds of villagers thronged the spot and many were desperately looking for their loved ones.

We also express dissatisfaction over the negligence of the authorities  in terms of keeping the waterway a safe journey for people. And their negligence is resulting in such repeated tragic deaths. We demand legal action against those responsible for the trawler capsize and hope the government will form an ‘effective probe’ committee to unearth what really caused the accident.

The authorities concerned will have to take 

necessary steps to prevent recurrence of 

such incidents in the future 

Apart from launches and other water vessels, thousands of engine-driven trawlers and boats ply in different waters ways like rivers, canals and beels across the country. And their number increases especially during the monsoon season from June to September.

 The authorities concerned will have to take necessary steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future. Besides, we also urge all concerned, including the owners of trawlers, workers and passengers to cooperate with the government in stopping accidents on waterways.

Apart from these, vigilance teams will have to be deployed by the local administrations in their respective areas to strengthen monitoring over unfit water vessels to put an end to waterway accidents. Simultaneously, all river transports should carry sufficient lifebuoys and ensure lights and markings while plying the waterways. The government must take necessary steps in a coordinated and disciplined manner in a bid to ensure safe journey of people.