‘Venue for his­toric Ch­ha­par Mela may shift next year’

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com CH­HA­PAR:

If the state gov­ern­ment ac­cepts the pro­posal sent by the se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Lud­hi­ana, the Ch­ha­par Mela will don a brand new look from next year.

P re s e n t l y, the fa i r fea­tures stalls and rides lined up on ei­ther side of the two to three kilo­me­tre stretch of road that leads to Gugga Marri shrine, where thou­sands of devo­tees come to pay obei­sance, but the pro­posal seeks to shift the an­nual event to a sprawl­ing 28- acre piece of land nearby.

DSP Mul­la­pur and Dakha Navreet Virk said, “The huge spot can be cleared to make space for the fair. This will ease traf­fic on road, ben­e­fit­ing pedes­tri­ans as well as those com­mut­ing in ve­hi­cles.”

He said that one acre of land, on an av­er­age, is given out on lease for around Rs 5 lakh for seven days for the fair, whereas the said 28-acre piece of land is given on a lease for a mere Rs three lakh an­nu­ally.

“We are hop­ing to shift the venue to that area from next year, as it will help in mak­ing the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in­tact and the fair can be more or­gan­ised this way,” said Virk.

This in­cludes four su­per­in­ten­dents of po­lice, 15 deputy su­per­in­ten­dents of po­lice, vol­un­teers from non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion and around 150 women con­sta­bles.

While three mo­bile CCTV vans have been de­ployed to mon­i­tor the event.

“For the first time ever, an anti-bomb squad has been sta­tioned at the 150-year old fair,” he said. Four snif­fer dogs too have been de­ployed at the venue, he added.

He fur­ther said that the sale of sharp-edged weapons was not al­lowed nor any visi­tor would be al­lowed to carry them.

No­tably, in the past few years, the fair has seen in­stances, where some youths have in­dulged in fights lead­ing to even mur­ders.

For the third day of the fair that will see po­lit­i­cal par­ties host­ing ral­lies and con­fer­ences, Virk said the se­cu­rity would be beefed up fur­ther.

“Over a lakh vis­i­tors are expected to throng the venue that day,” he said. The park­ing will be al­lot­ted con­stituency-wise on Septem­ber 30, with a 15-acre piece of land al­lot­ted for Raikot, Dakha and Aj­gaon, and an­other 30-acre al­lot­ted for Payal Khanna, Sam­rala, Gill, Lud­hi­ana and Sah­newal.

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