CISF To Undertake Comprehensive Protection And Anti-Fire Cover Audit Of UP's Kumbh Mela

| September 23 , 2018 , 17:21 IST

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which includes a premier and unique security consultancy wing will be undertaking a comprehensive protection and anti-fire audit for the 2019 Kumbh Mela to be held in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Sunday.

The 49-day massive mela, which is expected to have in attendance 15 crore people, will begin in Allahabad from January 15 next year, and due to the large numbers, the main area of the Kumbh Mela has been doubled from the earlier 5,000 acres to 10,000 acres this time.

A special team of experts from the central paramilitary force will soon be conducting a  reconnaissance and survey of the mela area at the banks of the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers.

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After their survey, the CISF will be submitting a report to the UP Police and administration overall in-charge of the arrangements for the event.

The CISF's one-of-its-kind security consultancy unit advices organisations and large undertakings to professionally prepare against potential security, fire and disaster threats, which are more dangerous in large gatherings.

The forces will also advise the UP authorities on where to install CCTV cameras, where to deploy security staff, how to deploy smart gadgets and more, to keep the activity area and its vicinity safe around the clock.   

Since the Kumbh is expected to have a huge gathering of crores of people and devotees, it was felt necessary to take the advice of a professional organisation to make the area safe and secure for the visitors.

The important dates for the Kumbh Mela being held at Allahabad (Prayag) from January 14, 2019 to March 4, 2019 are: Makar Sankranti on January 15, Paush Purnima on January 21, Mauni Amavasya (Somvati) on February 4, Basant Panchami on February 10, Maghi Purnima on February 19, and Mahashivratri on March 4.