Boat op­er­a­tor takes ini­tia­tive to make Udaipur lake safer

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page -

Udaipur’s Fatehsagar Lake, which has wit­nessed many drown­ing in­ci­dents in the re­cent past, now has pro­tec­tion in place. Ir­shad Choud­hary, a boat op­er­a­tor, has formed a res­cue team and pro­cured un­der­wa­ter div­ing suits to pre­vent ac­ci­dents at the lake.

Choud­hary said he has taken the ini­tia­tive keep­ing in view the non-avail­abil­ity of equip­ment ham­per­ing res­cue work. “The death of a 4-year-girl of Jaipur at Fatehsagar Lake forced me to think about a rem­edy for the pro­longed prob­lem of non-avail­abil­ity of bet­ter equip­ment and un­der­wa­ter swim suits for our divers. I sent my son So­hail to Pune to get the train­ing for us­ing the swim suits and he later trained one of my em­ploy­ees,” he said. He also bought swim suits for his son and his team.

On Sun­day, both So­hail and the em­ployee, Vee­laram, dived into the lake and stayed in­side it for around 10 min­utes. The duo touched the bot­tom of the lake within 20 sec­onds and suc­cess­fully fetched the key of their boat. While demon­strat­ing the un­der­wa­ter search op­er­a­tion, they even went to that part of the lake where Jaipur girl Cha­hak had drowned last month af­ter the boat she was rid­ing in col­lided with another boat.

Another boat op­er­a­tor of the city, Mazhar Khan, who op­er­ates his boats in Fatehsagar Lake and Lake Pi­chola, has also de­cided to ar­range the div­ing suits for his team of divers. Udaipur mayor Chan­dra Singh Kothari has also ap­pre­ci­ated Choud­hary’s ini­tia­tive and in­structed the Udaipur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion com­mis­sioner to get div­ing suits and ar­range for the train­ing of their em­ploy­ees to use it. HTC

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