Balasore, September 9 (LocalWire): At least 18 people in a ferry had a providential escape when the boat carrying them across river Budhabalanga capsized almost immediately after it left ghat near Haldia in village Padampur under Kalyanpur GP of Remuna block.
According to the boatman, the vessel lost control and overturned barely 7-8 meters into the water.
Remuna inspector-in-charge (IIC) Subhranshu Nayak has informed that all the passengers were safe and he has not received any missing person report.
The NDRF and ODRAF team were rushed to the site after the authorities received the news about the accident, sources stated
Sadar IIC Mamata Sahu, Remuna IIC Nayak, and the tehsildar Sanjay Rout also rushed to the site to take stock of the situation.
According to sources, while all passengers returned safely to the riverbank, bicycles, and bikes that were being ferried along with passengers are yet to be recovered.
Sources further added that the passengers were returning to their villages after attending the weekly Sunday market at Kalyanpur.
People in these pockets, including the residents of villages Ganipur, Mandarpur, Badpal, Kalyanpur and Durgadevi depend on the ferry service for communication since the bridge over the river is yet to be built.
Locals informed that the construction work of the Rs 8-crore bridge has been going on since 2012 and it has already overshot its completion deadline on 2016.
They alleged that the bridge is facing time overrun due to apathy of the administration
The local residents have demanded that the bridge should be completed at the earliest for the safety and convenience of over 65,000 people living in the area.
It may be noted that last year in August 2108, a person had drowned following a similar mishap in the river Budhablanga.