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Inflatable floating downstream barriers on the sea will now prevent tourists and pilgrims from drowning at Ganga Sagar beach on Sagar Island.

The island, which is situated at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, attracts millions of pilgrims during Makar Sankranti every year. Apart from the festival, thousands of tourists throng the place throughout the year.

“There is always a heavy rush of people to Sagar Island. Many people tend to cross the safety line and there have been several instances of drowning in the past. To prevent such incidents, we have decided to make inflatable floating barriers that will function at the border in the sea, beyond which nobody will be allowed,” said Bankim Hazra, chairman of the Gangasagar Bakkhali Development Authority. He added that the floating barriers will be ready by Makar Sankranti falling on January 15 in 2020.

The barriers will be built on 850 metres from “beach No. 2 to beach No. 4” of the Sagar Island. “This area is used by people to take a dip in the sea. The barriers will form a cordon and will have instructions on it for people not to cross the line of the barrier,” said an official.

The orange and yellow barriers will be made of high density rigid foams that float on the water. It will be wrapped inside anti-corrosion fabric and will not be subjected to wear and tear.


Source: Times of India

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