Inland Water Transport Department has reportedly suspended Executive Engineer Vikramaditya Choudhury for a second time after Wednesday’s boat tragedy in Assam’s Majuli.
The engineer was first suspended for a tragedy when a mechanised country boat sank in the Brahmaputra off Guwahati in September 2018. The engineer has now been suspended for a second time over the Majuli ferry accident on September 8.
State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has reportedly ordered suspension of 2 other IWTD officials – Mukut Gogoi, Assistant Executive Engineer and Junior Engineer Ratul Tamuly for their carelessness.
Taking to twitter, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that plying of private ferries will be stopped as they lack marine engines and owners who wish to convert their single engines to marine, would be provided with a grant of Rs 10 lakh with a 75 percent subsidy by the Government of Assam.
He also informed that construction of a bridge connecting Jorhat and Majuli is underway and that three officials of the IWT department have been suspended.
Assam CM visited the site of the accident in Nimati Ghat today and monitored rescue operations for about 45 minutes on Thursday. “Have directed Jorhat Dist Admin to register a criminal case on the accident. A high level inquiry will also be instituted today,” said the CM on Twitter.
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