By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 24: Despite the massive bandobast from Kamrup (M) district administration, the unprecedented crowd of devotees to the Ambubachi Mela led the situation go haywire, sometimes.
It is a welcome gesture that vehicles are not allowed to go atop Nilachal Hill. Along with the administration, various voluntary organizations distributing drinks, sorbet, food and the like to the visitors are also welcomed by devotees. However, many tired elderly visitors, children and women were seen to have sat on the road in the scorching heat. The number of resting sheds along the road is far from being adequate. The administration claims that it has made available vehicles for old people, women, children and differently-abled visitors, but it was seen that many devotees falling under these categories not getting such facility. The administration’s bid to make the campus a plastic-free zone has not been a success as plastic bottles and other plastic material are seen lying here and there – everywhere. Due to lack of any mechanism for instant garbage disposal, a heap of garbage was seen at the exit point of the temple. The garbage may be disposed of from time to time, but what makes a matter is a section devotees may take the sight of the garbage clicked in their eyes while going out of the temple premises. Long queues were also seen for food with some devotees running after food. Thapati Mahanta Ranjitanda Giriji Moharaj said: “The facilities for water, transportation and illumition aren’t adequate. I’ve informed the administration of this.”