Devotees started arriving at Ganga bath at around 3 am from every morning. The devotees took a bath in the Ganges at four in the morning amid the harsh winter. Devotees who came with Kamaon and Garhwal with the Dola Damoun, carrying the Dev Dolias, also bathed their deities on every side. At the same time, the devotees donated khichdi of sesame, urad dal and performed Manglik works. At the same time, in Devprayag, at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, devotees bathe the Dev dolies.
More than five lakh devotees from North India are expected to reach Haridwar to take a dip of faith in the Ganges. The administration is taking this as a trial for Kumbh. Hence the fair police and administration have tightened the arrangements in view of the crowd.
In addition to the fair and district police, central security agencies will be ready at all the ghats including Harki Paidi. There will be a zero zone for outdoor vehicles from Shivamurthy intersection to Bhimgowda. Local people and businessmen will be able to travel with two-wheelers for personal and essential purposes.
On Makar Sankranti, Sun God enters Capricorn. According to the belief of scriptures, bathing the Ganges on Makar Sankranti is of great importance. Every year lakhs of devotees from North India reach Haridwar. However, this time the congestion due to corona infection is expected to be slightly less. Nevertheless, arrangements have been made keeping in mind the possibility of reaching more than five lakh devotees.
All the ghats of Harki Paidi region have been brightened. For women devotees, readymade chasing rooms have been installed on the platform of Harki Paidi area. Four displays have also been put up for devotees to visit the Ganga Aarti. The ATS, Dog Squad, STF and Paramilitary personnel will be closely guarded at the ghats.
Stay cautious till the end of the bath: IG
IG Kumbh Sanjay Gunjyal has given necessary guidelines to officers and policemen for the Makar Sankranti bath to be held on Thursday. He said that the police should treat the devotees as friends and vigilance should be taken from the beginning of the bath to the end.
In the police briefing organized for the Makar Sankranti Snan festival at Bhalla Inter College Stadium, Inspector General of Police Kumbh Mela Sanjay Gunjyal said that no officer and police personnel should be negligent towards duty. He said that no one should be over confident.
Any accident can happen anywhere. He said that he should also adopt all measures to protect himself from the corona during duty and make the devotees follow the rules related to Kovid. Kumbh Mela Superintendent of Police Janmejaya Prabhakar Khanduri, Senior Superintendent of Police Senthil Abudai Krishna Raj S also issued directions to the police personnel. During this, Police Traffic Superintendent Kumbh Mela Ayush Aggarwal informed the policemen about the traffic plan.
Information given about police communication system:
Superintendent of Police, Communication Kumbh Mela 2021 Mukesh Thakur informed the police force about the police communication arrangements made during the fair. Along with this, he explained the process of interruption without having to go through four communication grids built including GRP.
Restriction on heavy vehicles coming to Roorkee:
In view of the bathing of Makar Sankranti, the police has prepared for the traffic system. Police personnel have been deployed on the Yatra route. Also, heavy vehicles going to Roorkee have been banned. At the same time, the municipal council on Wednesday cleaned the highway and Landaura road.
Today, the Municipal Council Mangalore on Wednesday cleaned the highway and travel routes throughout the day to ensure that there is no inconvenience to the devotees coming to Haridwar for bathing the Ganges. Sanitary Inspector Aadesh Kumar told that the Maha Kumbh is about to begin.
In such a situation, the municipal council has cleared the travel routes. At the same time, the police has also increased the vigil on the travel routes. Police and traffic police personnel have been deployed to keep the traffic smooth. Heavy vehicles from Mangalore to Roorkee have been banned.
ASP Himanshu Verma said that the police is ready to deal with every challenge for the bathing of Makar Sankranti on Thursday. The entire traffic plan has been prepared. Devotees will not be allowed any inconvenience in Mahakumbh. Outpost in-charge Shehzad Ali said that the police picket will remain at Mangalore bus stand, Landaura Road, Gangnahar Bridge and Jhabrera Tiraha.