Prayagraj: In order to ensure the boat rides pleasurable and comfortable and safe for the pilgrims during the Kumbh mela , the Mela administration has decided to operate an additional 2000 hand-rowed boats besides the existing 600 boats at Sangam.
2,600 Boats To Ply At Sangam During Kumbh
Kumbh Mela Adhikari Vijay Kiran Anand said here on Sunday that around 600 boats were operating at Sangam at present.
However, in light of the large number of pilgrims expected, the mela administration has decided to operate more boats during the Kumbh and especially during the six main bathing days .
"As part of the plan, we would have 2000 additional boats, including 500 with cushioned seating, for the visitors", he added.
Mr Anand further said that additional boats would also be pressed if needed. These boats had been roped in through an open but online tender process. All these boats would be duly checked by the official concerned and certified for the safe operations,he added.
He said that around 100 odd boats would also be kept in reserve for emergency needs. These boats would also have essential safety gadgets like life saving jackets and floating tubes to deal with any emergency. The mela authority had also ensured that all boatmen carry identity cards, issued after proper verification of the individuals, and remain in a specified uniform.
The boatmen had also been imparted special training to shoulder their responsibilities keeping safety of pilgrims in mind and be able to deal with emergency situation including boat capsizing.
These boats were besides the motorboats, two cruise vessels of Inland Waterways Authority of India and the boats being pressed in as part of adventure and water sports activities that too would be on offer for the visitors. UNI