According to official reports, 18 people died due to drowning in 2012. There were 26 deaths in 2011, 24 in 2010, 21 in 2009 and 17 in 2008. The increasing number of deaths off the beach has raised concerns among tourists. Larger responsibility lies with the authorities to make people aware of the danger or make suitable arrangement to avoid such incidents.
“There is a clear code of beach safety which is being followed across the world. But none of it is followed in Puri. Even there is no single display board or distribution of literature or deployment of life guards or life-saving machinery in case of emergency,” said Akhand.
The state government always gives false assurances that it will put safety measures in place at the Puri beach and additional life guards would be deployed for the safety of the tourists. But in last five years no action has been taken. There is a demand for identification of safe bathing spots along the beach. But the government ignored the demands, alleged the petitioner.
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