On river Brahmaputra, the Dhubri ferry tragedy on April 30, 2012, accounted for the loss of over 250 lives. The increase in the number of boat accidents was brought to attention after the incident. The tragedies were due to overloading and other related factors. It was necessary to avoid the risk of loss of lives which are the result of poor training, dangerous work practices, inadequate regulation, and near non-existent enforcement.
Thus a need was felt to formulate guidelines on boat and navigation safety in consultation with the concerned states and stakeholder. The National Disaster Management Guidelines for Boat Safety is an effort to sensitize boat operators, passengers, local authorities and stakeholders about the dangers of unsafe navigation practices.
Learn more about Boat Safety Guidelines for ensuring safety on boats.