The recent capsizing of a trawler in the Padma river which resulted in the deaths of at least six people should not have been allowed to happen.
This came about due to a strong current that had hit the trawler en route to its destination.
Only last month, 12 people, including six children, were killed when a trawler capsized in Arial Khan river in Narsingdi. This was the result of a hole that had formed in the trawler’s haul on the way to a local shrine.
It is unacceptable that boats continue to capsize and people continue to die in this manner.
This betrays utter negligence and callousness on the part of the owners of the trawlers and the authorities who are in charge of ensuring that boats meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for being on the river.
We cannot let more lives perish due to administrational negligence. The authorities and the government, in conjunction with local businessmen, need to work together
The fact that the force of a mere current was enough, or that a hole had formed in mid-journey, is not acceptable. These boats should undergo check-ups every few months to ensure that no lives are at risk when they are used to travel via our country’s rivers, a popular mode of travel amongst our citizens.
Owners should also have the responsibility of ensuring that these trawlers are in good condition to be on the water. Daily check-ups are a must and it shows an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life that has not been the case so far.
We cannot let more lives perish due to administrational negligence like this. The authorities and the government, in conjunction with local businessmen, need to work together to reinforce the idea that boat safety is an absolute necessity.