Prayagraj: 13 police stations, 36 outposts to be set up for Magh Mela | Allahabad News

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PRAYAGRAJ: With the Covid-19 pandemic adding to the challenges of organising the mega fair this year, police department would set up 13 police stations and 36 outposts as part of its crowd management and security plan for the Magh Mela, slated to be organised on January 14.
Police will follow all Covid-19 safety guidelines like maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitization strictly during the Mela.
Police are working on a crowd management plan for ghats to maintain social distancing. As part of the plan, additional forces and volunteers would be deployed at five spots including Sangam nose, Kali Sadak and Parade area.
IGP (Prayagraj range) KP Singh said, “The 13 police stations would be set up in Parade area, Kotwali, Mahavirji, Akshayvat, Sangam, Jal police, Mahila Thana, Arail, Khak Chowk, Jhunsi, Kalpwasi, and Prayagrwal among others. Thirty six police outposts would also be set up on mela campus.”
“Special arrangements would be made for densely populated pockets to maintain social distancing. We have also planned to rope in IT experts to review possible populated areas,” the IG added.
“With a population density of 3.19 persons per square metre, Sangam area was considered to be the most popular spot to lure devotees till last year’s Magh Mela. It was followed by Kali Sadak, Pontoon bridges, Akhara Marg, Ganga Prasar Kshetra and Parade area.”
“Mela police would draft a sector-wise security plan to maintain Covid-19 protocol and additional mobile forces including paramilitary personnel would be deployed. Additional forces have been called in from neighbouring districts.”
Magh Mela (nodal officer) Ashutosh Mishra said, “Over 3,000 police and paramilitary personnel would be posted at the Magh venue. The strength of policemen would be reviewed for main snan days like Mauni Amavasya.”
Mela officials would see to it that adequate distance is maintained between camps of kalpwasis and that each visitor follow the Covid-19 protocol. Unlike last year, social and cultural organisations would not be allowed to set up stalls or camp at the Magh Mela ground this year.
For the Magh Mela, three Additional SPs, 10 deputy SPs, 19 inspectors, 325 sub-inspectors, 250 constables, 2,187 constables, 202 women policemen, 44 traffic sub-inspectors, 62 traffic head constables, 315 traffic constables, 42 Jal policemen, 35 swimmers, 105 private swimmers, and 1,250 home guards are likely to deployed.



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