IEP Chandigarh, October 14
Haryana Chief Secretary, Sh. Sanjeev Kaushal said that about 5 lakh devotees are likely to participate in the solar eclipse fair to be held in Kurukshetra on October 25, for which necessary arrangements are being made on a large scale.
The Chief Secretary was presiding over a meeting organized in this regard with the officers of various departments today.
The Chief Secretary said that special buses will also be run for the fair so that the devotees do not face any kind of inconvenience in reaching the Mela area. In the meeting, the Chief Secretary directed the officers that the District Administration, Kurukshetra Development Board, and Tourism Department should work in coordination for the successful organization of the fair. He directed the concerned officers that the public address system should be further strengthened so that anybody may quickly access the fair’s information via a mobile app.
He said that to strengthen the medical system, arrangements of ambulances, stretchers, and teams of doctors should be deployed in the fairground. In addition, there should be a provision for fire brigade. Boats, divers, and swimmers should be ensured on the banks of Brahmsarovar so that all facilities are immediately available in case of any emergency.
He said that law and order should be strengthened in view of the security of the fair. Proper arrangements should also be made for accommodation, drinking water, toilets, parking, etc. facilities for the devotees. He said that arrangements for electricity and telephone should also be made in the Mela area. Apart from this, complete arrangements for cleanliness should be made in the fair area.
He said that e-rickshaws and mini-buses should also be run for the convenience of the devotees and transport-related coordination should also be established with the neighboring states. Apart from this, directions were also given to establish coordination with the Railways so that the devotees do not face any kind of inconvenience in reaching Kurukshetra.
It was informed in the meeting that the Mela area has been divided into 20 sectors, for which about 4500 policemen and 2000 home guards will be deployed. Apart from this, a police control room will also be set up at the Mela Ground. Videography will also be done with the help of drones for the security of the fair area. It was also informed in the meeting that to deal with the emergency situation, a dedicated route is being made from the Mela area to the main road, through which the movement of ambulances, fire vehicles, and police vehicles will be facilitated. It was informed in the meeting that group insurance of all the devotees will be done during the fair. In addition, 25 parking spots have been identified for parking arrangements. It was informed in the meeting that if any child or person goes missing during the fair, help desks will be set up for them. Reception centres will also be set up at various places in the Mela area.
In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Sh. T.V.S.N. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Departments, Sh. Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. V Umashankar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Amit Agrawal, and other concerned officers were present.