Prayagraj: A foolproof surveillance and security system — involving 60 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, three night vision devices, one lost-and found camp, 13 hi-tech fire stations and 13 watchtowers, among other things — promises to keep the devotees and pilgrims safe during the Magh Mela 2021.
The annual religious fair will begin on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and end with Mahashivratri dip on March 11.
SP (crime) and Nodal officer ( Magh Mela) Ashutosh Mishra told TOI that the mela police have drafted the security blueprint including the deployment of over 3,000 police personnel.
“Devotees and pilgrims arriving for the holy dip during Magh Mela from different parts of the country must carry Covid testing report with them,” he added.
Apart from 13 police stations and 36 police outposts, work on a 5-km deepwater barricading and 3-km-long river line has started for the safety and convenience of the devotees.
Plans are also afoot to set up five pontoon bridges for this Magh Mela for the better transportation and convenience of devotees on the mela campus. A network of 60 CCTV cameras, including pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) and fixed ones, will be installed on entire campus of the mela to maintain close watch on visitors.
Apart from the police force, personnel of bomb disposal squads, anti-sabotage teams, companies of paramilitary personnel and a team from the Integrated Command & Control Centre will help the Magh Mela authorities man the crowd of the devotees on the main snan days.