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In a bid to monitor the crowd movement and enhance the security of pilgrims, the authorities have planned to deploy almost 1,050 CCTV cameras and twenty drones at the Gangasagar Mela grounds this year. Gangasagar Mela, one of the most popular melas held in Sagardwip, West Bengal, will be held from January 8 to January 16, 2022. Held during winters, Gangasagar Mela attracts thousands of pilgrims where they take a holy dip in the river Ganges.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today held a meeting to discuss the arrangements made for the Gangasagar Mela and directed the authorities to strictly follow the Covid-19 instructions.
The administration will deploy CCTVs and drones to keep a check on the activities of the pilgrims and also to avoid congestion. In the wake of the Omicron threat, deployed drones will also help to keep a tab on social distancing measures along with monitoring crowd management.
An integrated control room will also be set up by the administration to stream the live footage captured by drones in real time. Apart from this, two air ambulances, eighty-five ambulances and three water ambulances have also been arranged for medical emergencies and their services will be available round the clock.
The ambulances have been deployed to ensure safe transportation of Covid-19 patients from the pilgrim site to the nearest hospitals or healthcare centres.
The growing threat of the novel coronavirus, especially the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, has prompted officials to set up thirteen medical camps, thirteen RT-PCR test centres, eleven quarantine and five isolation centres.
Banerjee is slated to begin her three-day tour to Gangasagar on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. The TMC supremo will also chair a meeting with the administrative officials to discuss the arrangements made for the Gangasagar Mela. She will also offer prayers at the Kapil Muni Aashram tomorrow.
Banerjee has strictly asked the authorities to check the adherence of Covid-19 protocols and social distancing guidelines being followed by the pilgrims. Around 2,500 volunteers and self-help groups will also be present at the site to assist the authorities.
This year, devotees will take a holy dip in the Ganges starting January 14 at 11.46am in the afternoon till January 15. Due to the Covid-19 scare, RT-PCR centres will also be set up in Kolkata for the convenience of the pilgrims.
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