The beautiful Suryalanka beach on sea shores of Bay Of Bengal Sea is turning into a beach of sorrow due to increasing drowning incidents. The people in large numbers come to this beach during the festivals and weekend holidays but due the absence of security are troubling the visitors
The absence of safety measures poses the threat to public at the beach.
Suryalanka (Guntur): The beautiful Suryalanka beach on sea shores of Bay Of Bengal Sea is turning into a beach of sorrow due to increasing drowning incidents. The people in large numbers come to this beach during the festivals and weekend holidays but due the absence of security are troubling the visitors. There are no caution boards and also notices on the beach which is proving futile to all the visitors. Sadly, the public is entering the sea without knowing the depth & drowning in the swirling seawaters. As many 14 persons have drowned this year at Suryalanka beach and the public are demanding implementation of the security to save the public from drowning incidents.
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A majority of engineering colleges are available in Guntur, Narasaraopeta, Chilakaluripeta & Bapatla and there is also a good road and rail connectivity to Bapatla from Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali & to the other areas. The Suryalanka beach is situated at an 8 km distance from Bapatla. According to the reports, a majority of the students from these educational institutions visit the Suryalanka. As many as 86 persons have drowned at Suryalanka in the past six years of whom 68 persons were youngsters in an age group of 18-24 years.
Local fishermen Ch. Srinu and the others said that there are danger spots in various places on the Suryalanka beach due to an increased depth. They said that a majority of the students who try to go into the sea are unable to know a depth & the dangerous tidal waves throw them into deep waters. They said several times they warn students not to go deep but in a vain as the students playing in the seawater cross the limits.
Visitors K. Markandeyulu and the others of Guntur said that officials must erect barricades to restrain the public going into the deep sea & cars and the motorcycles should not be permitted till the shore. They said that a rescue team should be appointed with life jackets on rent basis should be supplied to the visitors to restrain drowning incidents. The police officials informed that police department suggested to install safety measures at the beach and everyday policemen are deployed at a beach. They stated that the police department will take a necessary action for the safety of the visitors.