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River water entering camps at Magh Mela, officials on alert
PRAYAGRAJ, Jan 25 (HS): Seers and pilgrims are already facing difficulties at the ongoing Magh Mela
River water entering camps at Magh Mela, officials on alert


PRAYAGRAJ, Jan 25 (HS): Seers and pilgrims are already facing difficulties at the ongoing Magh Mela due to rising water levels in the Ganga and the Yamuna, and the inclement weather has added to their worries. Though the Ganga began to recede slowly on Monday, the discharge of over 19,000 cusecs of water from the Kanpur barrage, which is likely to reach Sangam by Tuesday evening, has put the mela authorities on high alert. On Monday, the water level in Ganga at Phaphamau was measured to be 77.52 metres. With recent rains in portions of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the water level in rivers such as the Ken and Betwa has risen, contributing to the volume of water in the Yamuna.

Meanwhile, camps from sectors 2 and 3 are being relocated to safer area near Phaphamau.

Because of the high cloud cover on Monday, the muck and sludge near the ghats and some of the tent city's roads remained challenging for commuters. The belongings of numerous kalpwasis in a camp in Sector 3 were damaged as a result of Saturday and Sunday's rains. The devotees in the non-polythene-covered encampment had to stay awake the entire night. The inclement weather is also prompting many kalpwasis to return to their home, leaving their camps midway. "Despite the fact that many of our family members were opposed to come this time because of Covid, we overcame all hurdles. However, the inclement weather and river water flooding our camps disrupted our stay, and we have opted to return," said Rewa resident Manish Mishra. "The discharge of water in Ganga from Kanpur barrage has been decreased from 21,000 cusecs to 19,000 cusecs, but we are on high alert due to rainfall and weather," said Brijesh Kumar Verma, executive engineer of the irrigation department. Divisional commissioner Sanjay Goyal, officiating Mela Adhikari Arvind Kumar Chauhan, and other authorities examined many sectors of the mela area and spoke with seers and kalpwasis, providing them with all the assistance they required.

"Almost all of the camps have been relocated from the affected areas where river water has entered. We are on high alert and hope that the weather will improve in the following days so that kalpwasis and seers can stay comfortably," stated the Mela Adhikari.

HS/Abhishek Awasthi


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