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Trivandrum City Police seized around 40 boats that were illegally operating on the Poovar backwaters, ferrying tourists from Poovar to Pozhikkara and along the backwaters.
According to the police the boats were seized on charge of illegal operations without licence.
“We seized around 40 boats and docked them with the police standing watch. A report has been submitted to the Ports Authority, which will initiate the rest of the proceedings on Thursday,” said N. Jayakumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Neyyattinkara to The Hindu.
Many boat operators were operating in the Poovar backwaters without licence from the Ports Department. Boat operators were also flouting all the safety rules that need to be followed while ferrying tourists. The seized 40 boats did not have adequate safety measures, including life jackets, for all passengers. Some of the boats carried passengers well above the safety limit.
Raid conducted by the police shows that only few boats had their licence and registration numbers displayed. Some boat owners were operating several boats under a single license.
This is not the first time that the Neyyatinkara Police have cracked down on illegal activities on the area. Earlier, police conducted raids on illegal sand-mining on the Poovar backwaters. Police said that raids on illegal tourist operators would continue.