The entry to St Mary’s Island can be prohibited any time soon if one more tourist dies due to negligence said Dr Uday Shetty, secretary of the Beach development committee and commissioner of city municipality as a warning b given to beach maintenance people.
He was responding to a query of municipality member Ramesh Kanchan who raised the issue of ‘no safety’ in Malpe beach and frequent deaths that have occurred at St Mary’s Island.
Ramesh Kanchan accused, “Life guards are less in number on Malpe beach. In addition, when tourists are taken to St Mary’s Island on boat many more people than the stipulated numbers are taken on board of the boat violating the rules. Even life jackets are not provided. Just in a week’s time six people have died. The person who has the contract to maintain the beach is very negligent.”
Replying to Ramesh Kanchan’s accusation, Uday Shetty said, “Already a meeting in this regard has taken place under the leadership of DC. It has been decided to take strict action against those who violate the rules. The boat ride conductors are warned. Discussion is held with regards to selfie points and placing warning boards. Not more than 70 people can travel in a boat. Only 500 people can be present at a time at the Island. If the incident recurs, entry to Island will be prohibited.”
Laxmi Manjunath Kola and vice president of the city municipality were present in the meeting and also many other complaints were raised by the different issues faced by the people.basic infrastructure. Otherwise action can be taken against such owners.”