Kerala govt moots plan to use GPS trackers in passenger boats

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is planning to introduce Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers in boats offering leisure trips in tourist centres in Kerala.

The move from the State Port Department came as part of a slew of measures undertaken to avoid incidents like the Tanur boat tragedy.

The department aims to make GPS systems mandatory in all authorised passenger boats and ensure 24-hour surveillance to monitor their movement. Additionally, the authorities could identify if boats that failed to renew periodic registrations conduct services. It can also track movements beyond permitted hours.

As per the government figures, there are 3,213 registered boats in Kerala. However, it is alleged that many unregistered boats are conducting services without the knowledge of the concerned authorities. An enforcement unit will be constituted to monitor and inspect such boats.

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