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Sonowal takes stock of preparedness

Ambubachi Mela from June 22

GUWAHATI, May 31: Preparation for the Ambubachi Mela is underway and it has got a boost with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paying a visit to Kamakhya Temple and taking stock of the preparedness on Thursday. The mela is going to start from June 22.

Sonowal held a review meeting on the Temple premises and assessed the preparations to embrace lakhs of devotees during the Mela. He requested all the core departments to work head and heart to showcase the unique traits of Assam’s socio-cultural and spiritual tourism during the Mela.

“Assam is known for its hospitality and age-old tradition of according highest respect to pilgrims and visitors, and this year’s Ambubachi Mela will not be an exception as the State keeping up its tradition on a constant high and will embrace lakhs of devotees during the five-day religious congregation,” Sonowal said. He has also asked the departments to leave no stone unturned for pressing in all essential and required facilities for the convenience of the pilgrims. He has also asked the PHE Department to ensure sufficient drinking water for the devotees who will be putting up at five make-shift camps in the city. He has asked Guwahati Municipal Corporation to supply uninterrupted drinking water to Kamakhya Temple during the Mela.
Considering the huge footfalls of devotees, including the specially challenged ones, Sonowal has asked ASTC to arrange substantial fleet of buses for to-and-fro journey of pilgrims. He has also asked Health and Family Welfare Department to ensure round-the-clock treatment facilities on the premises of Kamakhya Temple, including setting up of temporary special cell for the treatment of babies. Moreover, for the uninterrupted power supply he asked the Power Department to ensure power supply and asked PWD to arrange generators as a backup plan.

Sonowal asked the Tourism Department to organize campaigns in different districts of Assam and outside so that tourists from the country and abroad can come to Kamakhya temple, besides asking the Police Department to ensure foolproof security.

State Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, Minister of State for Power Topon Gogoi, ATDC chairman Jayanta Mallah Baruah, besides several senior officers of State administration, Railway Department, priests of Kamakhya Temple attended the meeting.

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