After the Kumbh Mela in Prayag, the second largest congregation of pilgrims in India is Ganga Sagar Mela to which the Mamta Banerjee government in West Bengal has started to plan in spite of pandemic threat.
The second-largest congregation that is Ganga Sagar Mela held in January every year. On Thursday the first meeting regarding the plan of Mela was held with various departments including police irrigation and transport among others. More than 4 million people bathe in Ganga Sagar where the Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal to celebrate Makar Sankranti which is the first major Hindu festival in the Gregorian calendar.
The ongoing crisis of COVID-19 keeping in mind the pandemic situation various aspects of preparation for the Mela was discussed in detail in the meeting which was held on Thursday. The officer of the district administration said “This year because of the pandemic in the Country, elaborate plans have to be made to maintain social distance and hygiene. A significant portion of Mela budget could be spent in this regard. The budget would be prepared soon.
On Monday the Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is expected to hold the first virtual administrative meeting regarding the Mela.