Uttarakhand Police Director General Ashok Kumar said on Monday that about 10,000 security personnel along with drones and CCTV cameras will be deployed to maintain law and order during the upcoming Kanwar Yatra.
This year’s yatra will take place from July 14 to 26, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Kanwariyas’ (devotees of Lord Shiva) collect water from the Ganges River at Haridwar to offer sacrifice at Shiva temples in their area as part of the yatra.
Speaking at an interstate coordination meeting, Mr Kumar said that in view of the large gathering of Shiva followers expected during the month of Shravan, drones and CCTV cameras will be used, while social media will be monitored to ensure strict security arrangements.
The kanwariyas would be called on social media to cooperate with the police and local authorities to keep the peace.
Kumar said neighboring states are expected to announce the prescribed routes of the yatra so that tourists and devotees visiting Chardham, Mussoorie and Dehradun will not face any problems.
The purpose of this gathering is to ensure the safe journey of kanwariyas from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and other places, he said.
This year, Haridwar and the surrounding areas will be divided into 12 super zones, 31 zones and 133 sectors for the yatra and about 9,000-10,000 security personnel will be deployed to maintain order, he said.
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