NEW DELHI, May 2 � Both the Houses of the Parliament on Wednesday mourned the boat mishap in Dhubri district, extending condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.
In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar said the House expresses its profound sorrow on these tragedies which have brought pain and suffering to the families of the bereaved and injured.
Raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha, Biren Baishya said over 300 people were feared to have died in the tragic ferry accident. More than 400 people were travelling in the ferry, while only 350 tickets had been sold.
�This is the most tragic accident�, while hundreds of indigenous boats or ferries run daily in the Brahmaputra river and other tributaries of the Brahmaputra river, as there is no road communication.� Baishya said.
Hundreds of indigenous boats or ferries run daily without any safety measures. There are also no life jackets in those boats. To modernise these boats or ferries is the call of the hour. It is the duty of the Indian Government to come forward to help the State of Assam in this crucial juncture, he said.