Meerut: UP DGP OP Singh on Friday said that state of the art techniques, including helicopters and drones, will be used on a large scale to aerially monitor the Kanwar yatra.
Basically, this will be done to monitor crowd and management of the unprecedented rally of pilgrims from July 28 to August 9, 2018. An alternate route alongside Ganga nahar has also been devised, to ease the traffic in the region.
The police force in collaboration with the administrative officers will be posted at sensitive places, all the time.
The DGP also appealed the concerned people, including pilgrims and organizers of camps that they should adhere to the State government’s resolve to keep plastic-free State. They need to use eco-friendly products in place of plastic.
Rapid response teams have also been formed to administer medical service to the pilgrims at the earliest notice. A team, comprising of health officers will be posted round the clock near Shiva temples, including Augarnath temple in the cantonment area.
The Kānvar is a travel, undertaken by devotees of Shiva, which are known as Kānvarias to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar as well as Gaumukh and Gangotri in to fetch holy waters of Ganges River.
A huge number of participants collect sacred water from the Ganga and carry it across to dispense as offerings in their Śiva shrines. In western UP, it is solemnised in Pura Mahadeva and Augharnath temple in Meerut.
The offering is dedicated to lord Shiva, often addressed as Bhole Baba.
The Yatra used to be a small affair undertaken by a few saints and older devotees until the 1980s when it gained popularity all of a sudden. The Kanwar pilgrimage to Haridwar has grown to be India’s largest annual religious gathering. The devotees come from the neighbouring states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar.
The police this time is keeping extra vigil. Moreover, the administration is geared up to offer better civic conveniences. These will include clean and better toilets, potable water and better traffic management.
The district hospital of Meerut has been specifically asked to keep a ward of 10 beds reserved for any emergencies, during this period.