How many hundreds, or rather thousands more lives have to be lost before we find answers to these simple questions from the authorities?
Why can’t we make the use of life jackets for every water-bound passenger compulsory? Had the passengers of the Pinak 6 had life jackets on, everyone aboard that launch could have been alive.
But, authorities find it more important to eliminate dark glasses from vehicles than imposing the use of life jackets for every passenger.
Why do we continue to allow these launches to carry more passengers than they are capable of carrying?
Rather, a more basic question is: Are they capable of carrying any passenger? They are unfit, not professionally made, completely unsafe, and meet no specified standards.
The government must allow only the ships that meet the safety requirements to operate on these routes. High-standard ferries have been operating between Saint Martin’s Island and Teknaf or Cox’s Bazar since long, and no accident has happened so far.
We have our own shipbuilders now. If the authorities set the specifications, the owners will have to upgrade the ships assembled.
Why don’t the authorities responsible for allowing these boats to carry extra passengers resign and be tried?
No matter how many accidents happen, and how many thousand lives are lost, they continue to get away with clean hands.