Kumbh mela: Community radios installed in buses for devotees
Nashik: In view of the heavy rush of pilgrims expected during the upcoming Kumbh Mela here, the Nashik district administration has arranged for ‘community radios’ in 3,000 MSRTC buses.
“We have installed radio sets in 3,000 buses through which devotees will be given information regarding Nashik and Trimbakeshwar, the ancient temples located there, arrangements of holy dip at both the places and also alerting them in case of any untoward incident,” Nashik District Collector Dipendrasinh Kushwaha said today.
With the community radio system, the administration aims to establish contact with the devotees travelling in the buses to avoid inconvenience to them, have better crowd control and also to provide them guidelines, he said.
The administration has made arrangements of outer and inner parking at different places for all private vehicles and the pilgrims. After keeping their vehicles at the outer parking, they will have to travel by MSRTC buses which will be stationed at the inner parking.
“After reaching the inner parking, the devotees will have to continue their journey on foot for which police machinery will be operating a public address system. We have installed 1,700 loudspeakers at various places to guide the people,” Kushwaha further said.
The Collector office, city and rural police and Nashik Municipal Corporation will coordinate on the said system, he said, adding, that a CCTV control room has been set up at the Police Commissionerate office to supervise the situation.
Lakhs of devotees are expected to take part in the royal procession and holy baths at Nashik and Trimbakeshwar, particularly on ‘Parvani’ days (a special occasion) – in Nashik on August 29, September 13 and 18 and in Trimbakeshwar on August 29, September 13 and 25, he added.