GUWAHATI, June 10 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited the Kamakhya temple premises to oversee the preparedness for the forthcoming Ambubachi Mela, which begins on June 22.
The Chief Minister inspected the arrangements made for the pilgrims coming from different parts of India and abroad for the famous Mela at the holy Shakti shrine. Sonowal asked the senior officials to ensure all arrangements in respect of accommodation, drinking water and sanitation for the pilgrims. Sonowal said the State should live up to its rich tradition of according highest respect to visitors by welcoming the lakhs of pilgrims during the five-day Ambubachi Mela, which will conclude on June 26 when the doors of the temple reopen.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people as well as the pilgrims flocking to the temple and its peripheral areas to maintain cleanliness in the true spirit of �Swachh Bharat Mission�. He directed the top functionaries of the Public Health Engineering Department and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation to make arrangements of pure drinking water and adequate number of toilets and bathrooms for the pilgrims who will be putting up at eight camps being erected at different areas of the city.
He also laid stress on engaging the maximum number of safai karmis to ensure total cleanliness during and after the Mela.
Sonowal also asked Guwahati Police Commissioner Hiren Nath to ensure a foolproof security apparatus in and around the shrine. The Commissioner, while apprising the Chief Minister of the security apparatus that would be put in place, said that there would be control rooms, sub-control rooms, fixed police pickets to maintain constant vigil on the areas in and around the Shakti shrine. He also mentioned that there would be closed-circuit cameras at important locations and fire and emergency services have been asked to keep their fleet ready to meet any exigencies.
Chief Minister Sonowal also asked the Health Department to ensure medical facilities on 27x7 basis. He also directed the Managing Director of ASTC, Anand Prakash Tiwari, to press into services the fleet of ASTC buses for the convenience of the devotees.
The Chief Minister also asked the ASEB and the PWD for uninterrupted power supply and keeping generators ready to ensure back up for any emergency power cuts. Sonowal also mooted the idea of giving token gifts symbolising the unique combination of beauty and spirituality of the Kamakhya temple and Ambubachi Mela to the devotees.
Earlier, Sonowal offered puja and paid obeisance to Goddess Kamakhya for peace, prosperity and amity in the State.
Member of Parliament Pradan Barua, Chairman, Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited Jayanta Malla Baruah, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional DGP Kuladhar Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary, Tourism, RC Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro, Dr M Angamathu, and other senior officials were present at the meeting.