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Lakhs take holy dip in Ganga on Makar Sankranti

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Over half a million pilgrims on Sunday took a holy dip in the Ganga at the spot where it flows out into the Bay of Bengal, on the occasion of

Like every year, the ocean of pilgrims jostled for space at the annual Gangasagar Fair since early in the morning despite a biting cold.

About 150 km from Kolkata in South 24 district, the Gangasagar island is considered auspicious by Hindus who gather on for a holy dip and to offer coconuts at the

The government deployed around 3,000 policemen and pressed into service seven drones to keep a tab on the safety of pilgrims.

In a first of its kind, the officials are equipped with to ensure uninterrupted connectivity during the

There are 500 CCTV cameras installed along the over 100 km route from Babughat in Kolkata to the

Around 55 giant screens will keep pilgrims updated about the timings and tariff of trains, buses and ferries, tide timings as well as safety precautions.



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 14:32 IST