Guwahati: No rest camp for devotees near Kamakhya Railway Station
GUWAHATI: In a bid to ease traffic congestion and ensure hygiene, the Kamrup (M) district administration has decided against setting up a rest camp for devotees near the Kamakhya Railway Station during the ensuing Ambubachi Mela.
"Instead of the Kamakhya Railway Station, three rest camps will come up inside the old jail campus located at the Fancy Bazar area," informed Biswajeet Pegu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (M).
“On the basis of previous data, we have realized that the rest camp near the railway station causes a lot of inconvenience to other passengers. So we have taken the current step,” Pegu added.
Additionally, the administration has taken special steps to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in the city during the Ambubachi Mela. As part of the effort, it has issued a number of guidelines to the Bhandaras who provide free food to devotees.
In a charter of directives, the district administration clearly stated that every Bhandara should have to maintain utmost hygiene and sanitation while preparing and serving food, and all ingredients used for the preparation of different food items must be of the best quality. The Bhandaras have also been asked to refrain from using chili powder, dry chilies, pumpkins, khichri, blended oil and curd in the preparation of food.
Further, no temporary stall to distribute food items will be allowed along the road to the Kamakhya temple from Bharalumukh, and from the Kamakhya Gate to Maligaon. Officials of the district food safety department will constantly monitor all the food prepared and served during the Mela days.
The administration will also impose a total restriction on the distribution of food outside the dining hall of the Bhandaras.
Source: The Assam Tribune
File photo of Kamakhya Railway Station