Devotees visit Ganga Sagar to take holy dip on Makar Sankranti

Devotees visit Ganga Sagar to take holy dip on Makar Sankranti

Almost 20 lakh devotees from across the country as well as from neighbouring Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh on Sunday took a holy dip at the confluence of the River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Extensive security protocols have been put in place, with 3,000 policemen being deployed by the state government, along with 7 drones to monitor the security.

"We are coming to Ganga Sagar for the last 20 years and our experience this year was the best".

"Pilgrims have come from all over the country. from 22-23 states. That is why I have come here", said a youngster. Civic volunteers, plain-clothes police teams, RAF and combat forces too have been deployed at the fair ground.

Besides, 60 giant LED screens have been placed at different points through which pilgrims would be updated about the timings and tariffs of trains, buses and ferries, tide timings as well as safety precautions. Two hovercrafts parked on the beach also attracted the pilgrims and some even posed for selfies with the amphibious vehicles much to the chagrin of the Coast Guard personnel who want to keep the space free for quicker movement during a crisis.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that starting this year, the West Bengal government would celebrate Makar Sankranti as "Lok Sanskriti Dibas" to promote folk artistes of the state.

In addition, the Coast Guard and the marine police have been deployed at the Sagar Island.

On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, thousands of people across India will take.