This was originally written in hilaths blog, I thought I should send it to you guys
The woman in the Hulhumale ferry terminal was in tears and clutching her baby tightly. I asked her what had happened and she told me that she got squeezed and almost suffocated.
This was last Friday in the ferry terminal on Hulhumale, the Island of Hopes and Dreams, and when it was time to board back to Male’, I witnessed this incident which I think maybe something that is happening every weekend there.
As the sun had set and many picnickers and visitors were in a rush to get on the earliest ferry they can to get back to Male’, there were many people in the ferry terminal and it resulted in a squeeze. I heard some shouts and this woman with the baby was escorted out of the crowd.
Soon police officers arrived on the scene, and the door to the terminal was shut, effectively keeping any new arrivals out until those already in the terminal departed to Male’.
There was only one staff at the counter selling tickets.
Is this the capacity of one of our premier public companies?
With experience, I am sure MTCC would have the foresight to deal with crises like these, because they have been long in this business and they would know beforehand that the weekends make unusual demands on their capacity. By now they should have been able to deal with such circumstances by increasing the number or frequency of ferries to meet the great demand of passengers during the weekend.
But MTCC chose not to do this. Shouldn’t the company be held accountable for this gross neglect?
Shame on the government.