On the specific request from the State Administration, Indian Navy has positioned a team of specialist diving team for rescue and relief operations in case of any eventuality during the ongoing Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island from 8th to 17th January 2019
Every year during Makar Sankranti, lakhs devotees from across the country and neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh congregate at the annual Ganga Sagar Mela to pay obeisance at Kapil Muni temple after taking a holy bath at the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.
This deployment of the Indian Navy’s Diving Team from ENC comprising of 10 divers has been coordinated by the Naval Officer-in-Charge, West Bengal. The district administration of South 24 Parganas is also rendering full administrative support to the Diving Team.
The triangular Sagar Island, situated around 130 kms from Kolkata and is separated from the mainland by rivers Ganga and Muriganga on two sides and faces the sea on the third side. Around 18 – 20 lakhs devotees are expected to visit Ganga Sagar Mela in next one week. The Ganga Sagar Mela is regarded as the second largest assembly of people after the quadrennial Kumbha Mela in India.