Published on : Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Warangal tourism officials do not foresee the same type of accident that happened in Vijayawada as “fool proof arrangements and alertness on the part of personnel” does not provide any possibility for such mishaps even though there is dearth of life jackets at one of the lakes.
At present, the boating facility can be found in the historic lakes of Laknavaram, Ramappa and Pakhal, located in the erstwhile Warangal district. Even though the boat riders are offered life jackets, they are not enough. At times the tourists are asked to wait for life jacket or go without it.
At this moment, Laknavaram, there are two pontoon boats, one pedal boat and one deluxe boat respectively. The pontoons are 50-passenger capacity boat. Nevertheless, there are no adequate numbers of life jackets available here. Therefore, tourists are required to wait for their turn before going for a ride. A local boat diver, Mr Srinivas, explained that unlike in Vijayawada, the boating and driving at Laknavaram is entirely handled by the Tourism Department. Only licensed and trained personnel are permitted to operate here.
There are two speed boats at historic Ramappa Lake with eight passenger capacity. There are altogether ten life jackets available and hence no problem. Pakhal has only one speed boat, one pontoon boat with 54 passenger capacity. It had quite less traffic in terms of tourists and there is no problem with availability of life jackets.
Tourism manager L Sammaiah at Laknavaram explained that they permit only trained and licensed persons to handle boating. Also, they have professional swimmers 24*7 at the lake to meet any emergency.
“We will give a route map that will not allow the boat to rock anything. The drivers will adhere to it strictly,” he explained.
Tags: Warangal tourism