Love for Selfies Push Visitors at Risk Near Dams
Several deaths have been reported when enthusiasts were trying to take seles near lakes, dams and at cliffs. Obsessed with capturing that perfect pout, visitors are precariously balancing themselves near the sluice gates of Khadakwasla for seles even as water gushes out of the dam. An Instagram or Facebook search on #khadakwasla or #khadakwasladam and thumbnails of photo pop-ups shows the risks people are willing to take for just a sele at the dam. Young parents could be seen with toddlers standing in the water, which could endanger their lives, considering the force with which the water ows. Teenagers are also spotted striking poses as they stand in the water, turning a deaf ear to the sirens warning the visitors about the opening of sluice gates. Though there are four-ve boards already installed, the irrigation department is now planning to put up more boards warning people about the potential risks.