January 2016, National
The Ganga Sagar Mela, one of the biggest religious events of the country that witnesses the gathering of lakhs of pilgrims, is set for a revamp in West Bengal this year.
In a bid to ensure the pilgrims’ smooth access to facilities such as sanitation, help from the police and the administration as well as information about transportation, the West Bengal government has taken up several measures. The Ganga Sagar Mela will be declared Green Mela this year.
Pilgrims attending the annual fair at the Sagar Island, one among the cluster of islands at South 24 Parganas district, will be provided with various facilities such as toilets by the district administration.
During the fair, the district administration will undertake an awareness campaign among pilgrims on the “ill-effects” of open defecation.
“We are expecting a 20 lakh-strong crowd of devotees this year and will launch a mobile app to provide them with all kinds of information ranging from transport to contact numbers of police officers,” said Mr. Salim, adding that the app would be launched on Monday.