Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the area where the boat carrying over 60 tourists capsized in Godavari on Sunday and announced the ex-gratia of 10 Lakh to the families of the victims.
The Chief Minister ordered a probe into the incident and directed the officials to take all measures necessary to address the grievances of the victims.
Jagan held a review meeting with officials to review the rescue and relief operations on Monday. The Chief Minister appointed a committee headed by Special Chief Secretary (Irrigation Dept.) to look into the causes of the mishap.
Taking an aerial survey of the mishap site Chief Minister expressed concern with the authorities about the issuance of licenses to private boats for ferrying the tourists and questioned if there was a control room to monitor the navigation.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy took off from Vijayawada accompanied by Home Minister Sucharita and conducted an aerial survey of the mishap site following which he met the survivors of the mishap at the government hospital.
The officials told CM Jagan that the boat was capsized at a depth of 300 meters. The state government has ordered immediate suspension of ferry services in the area.
A private boat carrying over 60 tourists, nine crew members and three singers overturned near Kuchuluru village in East Godavari district. The boat carrying the tourists was heading towards the famous tourist site- Papikondalu.