Boat tragedy; Tourism officials collude with private boat companies
Andhra Pradesh (AP) Tourism department officials have colluded with private boat companies, in organising boat rides in Krishna River, leading to the boat mishap last evening, drowning 21 persons. The boat belongs to one Kondal Rao, owner of River Boating company, which functioned without permission. They applied for license for speed boat to carry two persons. But they operated a big boat, overloading it with passengers, leading to the tragedy. It was revealed that in fact, the boating company was started by the private person, in collusion with divisional level officials and an employees union president of AP Tourism Department.