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Govt to ensure safety of boat travellers: CM

Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Wednesday said stringent instructions would be given to tourist boat operators to ensure the safety of passengers following the Thekkady boat tragedy that claimed 45 lives.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2009 19:12 IST

Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Wednesday said stringent instructions would be given to tourist boat operators to ensure the safety of passengers following the Thekkady boat tragedy that claimed 45 lives.

A comprehensive judicial inquiry has been ordered into the incident to prevent recurrence of such mishaps, he told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

The Water Resources Act would be suitably amended to ensure passenger safety, he said.

The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation-run boat had 76 persons on board, including two crew members, when it capsized in the Thekkady lake located in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary after cruising five km on September 30.

On the recent murder of a person who was out on a morning walk at Varkala in the district allegedly by activists belonging to a Dalit outfit, he said the government would take steps to see that such incidents were not repeated.

On the ASEAN pact, he alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had not kept his assurance that states affected by the agreement would be consulted before signing the pact. The agreement was signed in a hurried manner, he said.