Kolkata: Stages are being set to ensure safe and secure annual pilgrimage of the Ganga Sagar Mela as the host West Bengal government is expecting over 30 lakh devotees to take dip at the confluence of the Ganga and Bay of Bengal during 9-day sojourn beginning on January 9.
Briefing the arrangements being made for safe and secure pilgrimage for the devotees at the Kapil Muni temple in Sagar Island, South 24 Parganas, district magistrate Y Ratnakar Rao told reporters that the government this time has made a free insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for pilgrims starting from Kolkata upto Sagar and return during January 9 to 17.
“Any tragedy happens to any pilgrim during the nine days period, a Rs 5 lakh has insurance over for each devotee,” Mr Rao explained.
He said, nearly 10,000 forces and other special protection groups like NDRF, Civil Defence and over 100 NGOs will man the pilgrim starting from Kolkata to Sagar Island and their safe return.
Besides, Indian Coast Guard, aerial policing from helicopters, drones and cameras set up on helium balloons and scores of CCTVs to keep round the clock watch for safe pilgrimage.