GUWAHATI: In view of the ensuing Ambubachi Mela, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a review meeting to assess the preparations put into place for the successful celebrations of this annual socio-spiritual congregation.
The festival will be held from June 22 to 25, 2019. The meeting which was also attended by Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma had a threadbare discussion on several aspects of the Mela. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed all line departments and district administration to put everything in place for the smooth conduct of the festival. Sonowal pointed out that since lakhs of devotees from across the country and outside will converge on the Neelachal Hill, the abode of Shaktipeeth Kamakhya, all arrangements including foolproof security measures, should be put into place for the convenience of the devotees, a press release said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the transportation, drinking water, medical, electricity, cleanliness etc and observed that under no circumstances these facilities should be undermined. He also directed all the departments to be on their toes to embrace 25 lakh devotees who will be coming to Kamakhya during the festival. Highlighting the importance of Kamakhya Peeth as a centre of importance in the cultural-spiritual tourism circuit in the country, Sonowal requested all the core departments to put their head and heart to showcase the unique characteristics of Assam’s socio-cultural and spiritual tourism during the Mela.
Sonowal also said, “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 be no exception as the state keeping up its tradition on a constant high, will embrace lakhs of devotees during the five-day religious congregation”. The Chief Minister also asked the departments to leave no stone unturned for pressing in all essential and required facilities for the convenience of the pilgrims. He also asked the PHE Department to ensure sufficient purified drinking water for the devotees who will be put up at makeshift camps in the city. He also asked Guwahati Municipal Corporation to supply uninterrupted drinking water in Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi Mela.
Considering the huge footfalls of devotees, including the specially challenged ones, Sonowal asked Assam State Transport Corporation to arrange substantial fleet of buses for to and fro journey of the pilgrims. He 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 cells for the treatment of babies and aged pilgrims.
Chairman of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Jayanta Malla Baruah, Principal Secretary Tourism Rajesh Prasad, Commissioner City Police Dipak Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro Biswajit Pegu, Doloi Samaj and senior officers from each department were present at the meeting, the release added.