Mumbai:Threepersons,including two tourists and the driver suffered injuries after their beach bike turned turtle in Kelwe beach in Palghar on Monday morning. The accelerator and the main axle of the bike broke while it was in motion. The two tourists suffered abrasions while the driver of the bike suffered leg injuries and is admitted in the Rural Hospital, Palghar. The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) which had issued the permission to the bike operators have issued notices for immediate stoppage of the tourist attraction, due to the mishap. The Kelwe Coastal police are investigating.
Two unidentified Mumbai based tourists had rented the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) a four wheel carriage to ride on the sea coast in Kelwe beach on Monday morning. While the driver was speeding along the coast and the tourists enjoying the ride, suddenly the bike lost balance and it turned turtle. Said API Siddhawa Jaybhaye of Kelwe Coastal Police station, as per eyewitness account, the axle and the accelerator of the bike broke as a result, the three people onboard came under the bike, as it turned turtle. The unidentified driver has been admitted in the RH, Palghar while the two tourists suffered minor abrasions and after getting first aid in a private hospital, they left for Mumbai, probably shaken due to the incident,she said. We will take the statement of the driver as soon as he is discharged from hospital, and we would file a FIR under Section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the IPC, and we have made an entry in the police diary of the incident, she said. Officials of the MMB reached the Kelwe sea coast and have issued immediate stoppage of bike rides on the Kelwe beach with immediate effect, said police. As per my information, there are four beach bikes registered with the MMB, which was permitted in a bid to boost sea tourism at Kelwe beach, but the bike owners have violated the 17 conditions laid down by the MMB, including operating the bikes after sunset, no safety gear for tourists onboard, no first aid box, excess load, and other conditions, said API Jaybhaye. We are also examining whether the bike owners had any insurance cover and registration she said. As per the MMB condition, in case of any accident, the beach bike owner has to pay for the victims, she said.
Bhavna Kini, sarpanch of Kelwe gram panchayat, long ago we had objected to the MMB for permitting beach bike rides on the beach, as the owners violated safety norms. But the MMB did not consult us and directly issued the permission to the beach bike owners, so as to boost sea tourism in the area,said Kini. We have no objection on the promotion of sea tourism, but the MMB should have taken the gram panchayat into confidence, as earlier also, a police complaint was registered against a bike owner for a spat between the gram panchayat officials and the bike owners over safety norm violation,said Kini,and at that time also, we had requested the MMB to cancell the permission to the bike owners.
In late January, three girls met a watery grave, in a tragic boat mishap in Dahanu, while taking selfies on the deck of a crowded boat. The boat owner had taken no permission from the MMB to operate the 30 minute ferry ride.