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Don't pay heed to instigation, Mamata asks Gangasagar pilgrims

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Friday asked pilgrims going to visit the Gangasagar at island not to pay heed to any instigation and perform the rituals in a free mind.

She also advised them to contact the police and inform the administration in case of need rather than giving attention to instigation.

"Do not pay heed to any instigation. Contact the administration and the police in case you need any help. Safely go there and return. We have taken all sort of precautions," she said at Babughat here where thousands of pilgrims gather on the way to reach Island.

"We have constructed new roads, new guest houses, new hotels. We want a peaceful Several measures have been taken to keep it peaceful. Visits of several VVIPs would be restricted to facilitate visits of the pilgrims," the chief minister said.

Gangasagar is an annual congregation of Hindu pilgrims at the island where they take holy dips at the confluence of the Ganga and the during the Makar Sankranti. This year Makar Sankranti date is January 14.

Lambasting the Centre, she said it was taking a long time to build a bridge over the Muriganga, which her government has proposed and the Centre accepted.

She said the would build the bridge on its own and directed the for a detailed project report for the proposed bridge.

"We have decided not to accept alms. We will build the bridge over the Muriganga on our own," she said.

The government had earlier said it will share 74 per cent cost to build a new major port in Tajpur as it will build a bridge over the to help pilgrims visiting Sagar Island.

The triangular Island, situated around 130 km from the city, is separated from the mainland by rivers Ganga and Muriganga on two sides and faces the on the third side.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:20 IST