GUWAHATI, Aug 8 - The steps initiated by the civil administration of Kamrup Metro district vis-a-vis crowd control for the ongoing Bolbom festival has proved to be inadequate, drawing sharp reactions from various quarters.
Many alleged that the administration has completely failed to anticipate the crowd turnout, causing serious inconveniences to public at large.
The festival had started from July 17 and will end on August 14.
According to the Basistha Temple Management Committee, footfall of devotees in the festival has increased by 50 per cent this time compared to last year.
More than 70,000 people gathered in the temple premises on last Sunday.
An official of the district administration conceded that they were not prepared to manage such a huge crowd, which crossed all past records.
At present, streamlining of Bhandaras, which is used to distribute food and water to devotees, has become a matter of concern for the district administration.
According to the district administration, officially, it has allotted only one Bhandara to distribute food and water to devotees. But, unlike Ambubachi Mela, they have not formulated proper rules and regulation to restrict the unauthorised ones.
Meanwhile, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation’s (GMC) effort to keep the city clean went in vain, as it did not set up adequate numbers of dustbins in the stretch between Basistha Temple and Sukreswar Temple.
To tackle the situation, recently the district administration formed a special task force to look into the quality of water and food distributed to the devotee along with the cleanliness issue.
The task force will include officials from the district administration, police, GMC and city-based NGOs.
Moreover, consumption of alcohol, ganja and drugs among the devotees, too, has become a matter of serious concern for the Basistha Temple Management Committee.
A member of the committee informed that in the past few days, they seized a huge amount of liquor, ganja and used syringes near the temple premises from a section of devotees during a random checking drive.
He also alleged that the district administration has not taken any measure in the temple premises in this regard.
“The district administration has not arranged any facility of drinking water, toilet, light and shelter in the temple premises as part of the Mela,” he alleged.