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Minister urged

Stop operation of launches with faulty designs

09 July 2015

Staff Reporter  :
Eleven coastal-based organisations on Wednesday demanded safe river journey by stopping the operation of all launches with faulty designs before and after Eid. They also demanded initiative against overloaded launches to make the journey smooth.
The leaders of the organisations said this at a press conference held in the Jatiya Press Club.
The 11 organisations are Akash, Arpan, Udayan Bangladesh, Green Belt Trust, Safe Water Way Movement, DOCAP, PULS Bangladesh, SOMAJ, CDP, Safe water way Implementation Alliance and COAST Trust.
Mustafa Kamal Akanda of COAST Trust moderated the press conference while M Mujibul Haque Munir of the Safe water way implementation alliance presented the keynote paper.
Aminur Rasul Babul of Safe River Way Movement, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak  Federation and Abdul Kader Hajari of Arpan addressed the function, among others.
They organized the programme in memory of the 8th July 2013. on this day, 'MV Nasrin,' a launch, sank on its way to Bhola from  Dhaka with homebound people during the Eid vacation. 
From a survey of Safe River Way Alliance it was found that about 402  people were either killed or missing in only Bhola district due to that  accident. About 128 families lost their only source of earnings, about six children lost almost everyone of their family members.
Bangladesh also experienced some fatal launch accidents during the Eid vacation. Koko, MV Salauddin and Pinak 6 capsized. To avoid such unaccepted deaths, we must take initiatives in advance. We don't want to see such deaths in this eid.
Abdul Kader Hajari said about 35 percent of total passengers of Bangladesh travel by the river. "So, river-way is very important for our economy. We should ensure safe river-ways for the sake of the national economy."
They also submitted a memorandum to the Shipping Minister demanding safe waterway journeys during Eid and stopping the operation of launches with faulty designs.

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