Magh Mela 2022: Tent city to be spread over 580 hectares this time
Magh Mela 2022 would be organised on 580 hectares of land as compared to 2021 mela which was spread on around 650 hectares. The area has been squeezed due to prolonged rainy season and the ongoing work of the second railway bridge over the Ganga.
Due to lack of available land, there could also be a deduction in land allocation to religious institutions and seers for their camps, said officials.
There would be five sectors in the mela area apart from an additional sub-sector (of sector number 1) which would be inhabited towards Arail side of the Sangam area. This would be called sector 1A, said officials.
The Prayagraj Mela Authority has decided that in the Magh Mela-2022, ghats will be built from Shivala Marg to Qila Ghat for the convenience of devotees and Kalpawasis so that they don’t have to go far for taking the holy dip in river Ganga and Yamuna, they added.
For the purpose of social distancing, there will be a distance of 10 yards between the two institutions. All the routes would be given names and 500 volunteers of civil defence will be deployed for 24 hours along with ample number of police force, watch tower, network of CCTV etc, the officials said.
“In light of the ongoing pandemic, we are making all the arrangements keeping Covid protocols in mind. In fact, we have made it clear that everyone, from seers to Kalpwasis, and even visitors will have to strictly adhere to the Covid protocols if they are coming to the mela,”, said Mela Adhikari, Shesh Mani Pandey.
As per the minutes of the meeting of the advisory committee of the Prayagraj Mela Authority (PMA) held recently, there would be proper facility for the health care for the devotees for which two hospitals, each of 20 bed capacity will also be built. Besides, there will also be eight first aid centers spread in the five sectors and a sub-sector of the magh mela 2022.
Regarding providing security in the Magh Mela area, it has been decided that there would 13 police stations and 38 police outposts will be built in various sectors of the mela area. Apart from these, there would be 13 fire stations and the entire mela area would be watched from 13 watch towers, officials shared.
CCTV cameras will be installed in these towers. The network of CCTV would also be placed in various crossings and the places of the mela area. Apart from this, PMA have also received approval for deployment of PAC, Anti-mine team, bomb disposal squad, RAF, NDRF teams etc for safe mela, they added.
Police personnel will start coming for Magh Mela from December 15 and the process has begun with SP Magh Mela Rajiv Narayan Mishra taking charge on Monday. He performed Ganga Pujan and Aarti before taking charge in the Mela area.
For the hygiene and cleanliness, it has been agreed to build 15,000 toilets in the mela area. Of these, there would be 1500 pre-fabricated steel toilets, 3000 tent toilets, 300 urinals, 9000 institutional toilets and 900 at government institutions.
For the devotees, authorities would be constructing at least 10 ghats, stretching from Nagvasuki to Sangam. Because of these ghats, the numbers of devotees wanting to bath at Sangam would be diverted.
Authorities have decided that like previous fairs, there would be two central control rooms for lost and found camp.
The entire mela area would be illuminated by several high-mast and proper lighting. Installing blower or heaters in the camps would be prohibited.
Tibba police busted a honey-trap racket and arrested four persons, including two women, on Saturday. One of the members of the gang has yet to be caught, the police said. The FIR against them has been registered on the complaint of Nagendra Yadav of New Vijay Nagar. A fabric manufacturer, Yadav, told the police that he runs a factory near Puneet Nagar. On Friday evening, he was going to his factory on a scooter.
Bringing relief from the scorching heat, the thunderstorm witnessed in the city on Saturday evening turned the weather pleasant. Partly cloudy weather prevailed in the city since morning and rains, along with strong winds, brought down the mercury levels in the evening. As per the meteorological department, Chandigarh, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 27 degrees.
Division number 8 police have booked an employee of a jewellery shop for allegedly stealing items worth lakhs on Friday. Akash has been identified as Akash of Chaura Bazaar. The FIR has been registered following the statement of Lalit Chopra of Rishi Nagar. The complainant said that on Friday, they were present in the store and were attending to customers.
The joint co-coordinator of Kisan Congress, a wing of All India Congress Committee, has been booked for hurting religious sentiments by cleaning a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi installed in a park in Salem Tabri with Gursimran Singh Mand's turban. The action against Gursimran Singh Mand has been taken around 10 months after the incident. Mand had reached the spot and cleaned the statue with his turban, which sparked a row.
The cybercrime wing of Punjab Police has issued an advisory to mobile phone users to be cautious of fraudsters who have found new ways to trap and dupe people. These fraudsters pose as officers and dupe people by sending them suspicious links on WhatsApp. Three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana in the past 45 days wherein fraudsters duped people by impersonating officials. The police have solved only one case till now.