Kolkata: The South 24-Parganas district administration is laying special emphasis on the safety and security of the pilgrims of Gangasagar Mela, which will be held from January 9 to 17. Apart from CCTVs and drones, the district administration for the first time will use helium-based balloons fitted with high quality cameras for surveillance.”The safety and security of the pilgrims have always been our top priority. There will be around 700 CCTVs, 20 drones and most importantly, 10 helium-based balloons for round-the-clock surveillance of the entire mela ground, as well as its vicinity,” said Y Ratnakara Rao, District Magistrate, South 24-Parganas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe district administration has come up with an integrated mega control room that will encompass the entire stretch right from Babughat to the Gangasagar Mela ground. The control room infrastructure will effectively ensure data flow through all the surveillance equipment and 50 LED screens. Officials at Lot 8, Kachuberia, Chemaguri and Namkhana will be able to view real time crowd flow and activities of their cross-channel counterparts. He added that the district administration will also be putting up an automatic weather station that will be providing details about weather conditions on a real time basis. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere will be a 20 km metal barricade for safe and disciplined passage of pilgrims, which will minimise the chances of any mishap like stampede amidst the huge crowd. “A super clean Gangasagar Mela is our motto this year, for which we have also strengthened our infrastructure of solid waste management system. This is for the first time that we will be using pollution free e-carts in cleaning operation. There will be 1,500 drums placed at strategic locations and as soon as they get filled up with garbage, our volunteers will pass on the message and the e-carts will collect the garbage and dump them at an earmarked area for disposal,” Rao said. 60 hand-pulled tricycles will also be used for the purpose of cleanliness and there will be 250 concrete vats in the area with modern toilet facilities from the state Public Health & Engineering department. The state government, in consultation with Eastern Railways, will have two circular train services from Majerhat to Namkhana during the Gangasagar Mela. The District Magistrate also informed that apart from the usual facilities of healthcare on the mela ground, a critical care unit will also be functional at Rudranagar.