Bengal is gearing up for the annual GangaSagar Mela, scheduled to take place from January 8 to 15 next year. In anticipation of this grand event, a high-level meeting was convened in Nabanna, where Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi presided over discussions with top officials from health, transportation, disaster management, and the South 24 Parganas district administration, including the Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order).
The meeting addressed crucial preparations, emphasising crowd control, accident management, and enhanced maritime safety. To achieve these objectives, GPS trackers will be installed on vessels and buses and monitored from a central control room to ensure effective surveillance throughout the fair.
Furthermore, a decision was made to implement navigation lights on vessels to prevent any mishaps, especially in low-visibility conditions. The authorities are keen on deploying the Pilgrim Tracking Management System from the outset to efficiently manage the increasing number of pilgrims expected to attend this year.
In a bid to enhance tracking facilities, the Navigation Light arrangement will be in place to avoid vessels getting stranded. The administration is optimistic that this proactive approach will contribute to a seamless pilgrimage experience.
Additionally, arrangements have been made for comprehensive tracking services on both government and private transportation from all corners, including Babughat. A mega control room has been initiated to ensure stringent monitoring of the fair, replicating the successful preparations from the previous edition.
Last year, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, personally visited GangaSagar to oversee the meticulous preparations for the fair. There is hopeful anticipation for her presence again this year, adding to the festivity and ensuring a secure and enjoyable experience for all attendees.