Kolkata: This year the State Disaster Management Department, state police, state Inter Agency Group (IAG) and National Institute of Amateur Radio coming together to develop a website that is solely dedicated to trace out missing persons at Gangasagar Mela.
It is for the first time in the country when such a portal, thoroughly dedicated for tracing a missing person, is being introduced in a fair. This is another first at this year’s Gangasagar Mela, like the State Government’s giving 16 satellite phones to police personnel at critical locations to ensure uninterrupted connectivity, even if there is an earthquake or a tsunami or any other emergency.
The details of the missing person along with description and contact number will be immediately uploaded in the portal and a docket number will be generated. The missing person’s relatives will have the option of tracking them by entering the docket number. The site will also have the option of uploading voice recording of the missing person, which will be automatically translated through a tool. This will be of immense help for cases when it is difficult to decipher the accent of pilgrims.
It may be mentioned that the site has been developed by a member of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club), an organisation of amateur radio enthusiasts in the state. A team of 45 HAMs from the Club will be working at Gangasagar Mela this year.