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Over 16 lakh flock to Ganga Sagar on Makar Sankranti eve

Press Trust of India  |  Sagar Island (WB) 

Nearly 16 lakh devotees from across the country have reached Ganga to take a holy dip at the confluence of the and the on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the state government said Sunday.

Subrata Mukherjee, who is looking after the arrangements for the pilgrims, said that more devotees would reach the island over the next two days.

Every year, on day, lakhs of Hindu pilgrims gather to take a dip at the confluence of the River Ganga and the and offer prayers in the Kapil Muni Temple.

"Last year, over 20 lakh pilgrims had visited the Ganga This year too it will cross that mark and nearly 16 lakh people are already here. We have made all arrangements for them so that they can have a memorable outing," Mukherjee told reporters.

A thick blanket of security cover has been thrown in and around the famous spot.

The has deployed a huge contingent of force and also pressed into service 20 drones to keep a tab on security. It has also equipped its officials with satellite phones to ensure uninterrupted connectivity during the Mela.

Over 800 CCTV and 200 balloon cameras have been installed to aid security of the grand fair.

The has made arrangements to receive live feed from the mela for effective monitoring of the proceedings.

Besides, several giant LED screens have been placed at different points through which pilgrims would be updated about the timings and tariff of trains, buses and ferries, tide timings as well as safety precautions.

"This information will be provided in three languages -- Bengali, Hindi and English -- to facilitate the pilgrims," a said.

The (ICG) has also enhanced surveillance along the coastline of for the Gangasagar Mela, an said.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 22:00 IST