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Evaluation of Boat tragedy in Bihar (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

LACKING SAFETY IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The boat disaster in the Ganga on Makar Sankranti day that killed at least 24 people is another reminder that safety in public transport remains a low priority for governments. 
As with road accidents, mishaps in the inland waterways and lakes take a terrible toll of lives regularly, with no effective administrative response. 

Direct cause of tragedy
In the Ganga Diara tragedy near Patna, a large number of people had apparently crammed themselves into a small vessel for a free ride after witnessing a kite festival. 

Way forward
This was obviously the result of serious neglect of safety norms for which accountability must be fixed. The Centre, which talks of a paradigm shift in freight and passenger transport using inland waterways, should respond to the shameful national record on boat safety by firmly implementing existing laws and introducing new measures along with the States. 
 



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