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Meeting discusses preparedness for Ambubachi

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 7 - A meeting was held at the Circuit House here today to discuss preparations for the forthcoming Ambubachi Mela.

The meeting was chaired by Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Karmup Metro, said an official statement.

The annual Ambubachi Mela at the Kamakhya Temple will be held from June 22 to 26.

At the meeting, the DC directed all departments to coordinate their efforts for successfully holding the event, which is expected to witness convergence of lakhs of devotees from both within and outside the country.

Officials from various departments including PWD, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Public Health, Electricity Board, NDRF and SDRF, ASTC, police and others participated in the meeting.

Dr Angamuthu said that this time the Mela is sought to be turned into a �national event� where around 15 lakh devotees are expected to congregate and proper arrangements will have to be made for their accommodation, transport and other needs.

The city will be divided into seven zones during the period of the event, each headed by an Additional Deputy Commissioner, who will be in charge of the managing committee of the particular zone. Each zone will have officials from all departments concerned.

A total of five camps will be set up for accommodation of devotees, including at Sonaram High School playground and Kamakhya Railway Station.

The DC ordered all officials to complete their arrangements by June 19.

The APDCL has been asked to ensure uninterrupted power supply for the duration of the Mela at the Kamakhya Temple, camps of pilgrims and other places.

The PWD was directed to upgrade the streetlights on the Neelachal Hills and nearby areas. The transport department has been asked to keep 100 buses for transportation of pilgrims and devotees.

Besides police, around 1,000 volunteers will be deployed for duty during the event.

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