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Navy elite divers at Gangasagar for 'Makar Sankranti Mela'

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The has positioned a team of elite divers at Gangasagar for the upcoming ' Sankranti' fair for rescue and relief operations in case of any eventuality, an said Wednesday.

Around 18 to 20 lakh devotees are expected to visit 'Mela' in the next one week, he said.

"Like every year, this year too, the has positioned a specialist diving team from January 8 to 17 for rescue and relief operations in case of any eventuality during the 'Mela'," the said.

This deployment of the IN diving team from Eastern Naval Command comprising 10 divers has been coordinated by the Naval Officer-in-Charge, West Bengal, on request from the West Bengal government, he said.

In addition, NDRF and personnel are also likely to be deployed at in subsequent days.

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

During the auspicious occasion of 'Sankranti' in January, lakhs of devotees from across India, and neighbouring countries of Nepal, and congregate at the annual 'Gangasagar Mela' to pay obeisance at after taking a holy bath at the confluence of river Ganga and the

The 'Gangasagar Mela' is rated as the second largest assembly of people after the quadrennial 'Kumbha Mela', he said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:40 IST