Thousands and thousands of individuals have been touring throughout India in April for the Kumbh Mela, a significant Hindu pageant and the biggest pilgrimage on Earth, held this yr within the metropolis of Haridwar.
However it’s elevating Covid issues, because the nation plunges deeper right into a worrying second wave.
“Social distancing is proving very tough, if we attempt to implement it then it may result in a stampede,” Inspector Basic of Police Sanjay Gunjyal instructed native information early Monday. Police are “frequently interesting” to folks to put on masks and observe precautions, he added.
A minimum of 650,000 folks had already taken a dip within the Ganges River early this morning, Gunjyal added. And lots of extra are anticipated all through the day, as Monday is taken into account a very auspicious day to dip into the sacred waters.
AI surveillance: Of their efforts to implement measures, officers are utilizing synthetic intelligence cameras for surveillance in a number of river banks within the metropolis.
“The digicam has sensors which alert us when the variety of vehicles in parking areas or foot site visitors crosses a sure threshold and we will talk with folks on floor to start out diverting crowds,” mentioned Mukesh Thakur, a senior police official.
“The cameras additionally detect if persons are not sporting masks and the officers on floor instantly situation tickets to these folks.”
Nevertheless, it wasn’t attainable to situation tickets to everybody on Monday due to the large crowds, he added.
Some 15,000 safety personnel are additionally concerned in crowd management and administration.
On Sunday, at the very least 1.1 million folks have been on the numerous banks of the river. Greater than 2,200 instances have been reported in Haridwar because the pageant started on April 1, based on knowledge launched by the Uttarakhand state well being division.
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