"God's Own Country" has once again came in the lime light for its callous handling of tourists. 45 innocent people lost their lives in the watery grave at Thekkady.
Visuals of the horrible incident,the dead bodies of the unfortunate, the cries and sobs of the survivors and grief stricken relatives seen in the TV channels were really heartbereaking. In the interviews the people who are directly, indirectly or morally responsible for these gory incident as usual put up the stock ex-pressions of shock,disbelief and grief before the viewers. Each was carefully silent about the omission on his part as minister, official, opposition member or politician.
This is the 15th boat accident in the row since the Kannamali incident of 1980. That was enquired by a judge and since then many inquiry commissions were appointed on such accidents. Most of the enquiry report are put in cold storage and the suggestions or precautions were ignored and not implemented.Nothing is done to prevent recurrence. The memories of the accidents will fade away and it takes another accident to highlight the shortcomings of the system. Most of the boats run in tourism spots and on regular tranport services are without the required safety standards and everybody knows it. But action is not taken.We are simply waiting for another accident taking away many lives to occur to initiate an enquiry.
This is God's Own Country and only God can save us.