The Fact News Service
Hoshiarpur, February 23
In a meeting regarding the preparations for the Madi Mela to be held from March 21 to 31 in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, the Deputy Commissioner of Una Raghav Sharma said that the fair would be held from March 21 to 31 at Dera Baba Vadbhag Singh, Madi as flag hoisting on March 28. There will be a ceremony.
Regarding the preparations for the fair, Punjab officials SDM Hoshiarpur Amit Mahajan and DSP (D) During the online meeting with Rakesh Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner discussed in detail the traffic arrangements, parking, overloading, etc. He said that last year also 5 to 8 lakh pilgrims had come to Madi to pay homage. Pilgrims from Punjab and Haryana often arrive overloaded on trucks, trolleys and other heavy vehicles to attend the fair, which always carries the risk of an accident which is very important to prevent overloading. He said that the district administration was making serious efforts to prevent such accidents in which the cooperation of the state of Punjab, especially the adjoining districts of Himachal Pradesh was also required. He said that if overloading would be stopped in Punjab then it would be easier for the district administration and the fair would be held successfully.
Raghav Sharma said that Himachal and Punjab police would jointly set up roadblocks to check the overloaded pilgrims. He said that police check posts would be set up between Mehtapur-Nangal, Chakk Sadhu, Marwari and Gagret RTO barriers of Punjab like last year. Apart from these places, the Himachal and Punjab police would jointly set up roadblocks at Garhshankar this year to ensure compliance of traffic rules.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the overloaded pilgrims would be dropped off at the check post and they would be provided shuttle bus facility from here which would be arranged by HRTC. He appealed to the administrative officers of Ropar, Hoshiarpur, and Jalandhar present in the meeting to ensure compliance of overloading and other traffic rules. He said that if the Punjab administration would also stop the traffic violators there and provide a shuttle bus facility to Madi at its own level then it would be a great relief. He said that Gurdwara administrators of Madi would also take up the issue on social media to curb the problem of overloading.
The Deputy Commissioner said that Nehria-Nandpur road would be one way during the fair. On this road, one would be allowed to go from Nehru to Nandpur while to go to Madi one would have to go through Mango. In the meeting Additional Deputy Commissioner of Una Dr. Amit Kumar Sharma, ASP Vinod Dhiman, SDM Amb Manesh Kumar etc. were present.