Weak security mechanism raises safety concerns
The disaster management department in the district has woken up from the deep sleep amid the incident of boat sinking in last week
In previous week, Dayalaxmi, a boat from Malapi, Karnataka was partially drowned in the midnight. But the disaster management wing did not get clean information till the last because of lack of planning.
Thus the question naturally arises whether the disaster management wing would react during a major crisis. The Konkan seashore is soft target for the terrorist activities.
If the security mechanism is informed about such suspicious movement in the area, is it possible for the security wings to tackle the situation?
A disaster alarming mechanism is fixed mandatorily on the boats fishing in the deep sea. The coast guard department was informed about sinking of Dayalaxmi boat on Friday midnight.
Then the information was passed on to State coast guard department and then to the district collector and superintendent of police. The higher officials of the coast guard department had ordered a look out for the sinking boat and were given notices to provide necessary facilities.
Things changed hereafter and speedy actions were carried out. But there was lack of coordination on field. As the information about a helicopter’s arrival for trawlers’ look out had come, a private ambulance along with doctors and health aid reached the helipad at Kolamb.
The Tehsildar was taking the updates about the accident on her phone. Meanwhile it was informed that the helicopter could not be landed because it could not gauge the helipad. When the Tehsildar contacted she was informed that the helicopter had found out the sinking trawler. When again the Tehsildar called it was informed that the helicopter took back six injured persons to Goa for medical help.
In reality it was found that the helicopter neither reached the spot nor rescued the injured. Thus it could not be clear which boat actually reached the spot to save the boatmen.
They were the local fishermen who reached to the sinking trawler and saved the boatmen. Thus it was found that the disaster management task force could not control the situation. Thus questions do arise about the seashore’s safety from terrorist activities.