PRAYAGRAJ: The third 'shahi snaan' of the Kumbh on Basant Panchami is to take place on Sunday.Over two crore devotees are expected to take a holy dip in the most important part of the Kumb Mela. It is only after the completion of 'shahi snaan' that people are allowed to take the holy dip.
Earlier, two shahi snaans have taken place on Makar Sankranti on January 15 and Mauni Amawasya on February 4.
In order to mintain security and safety during the evene, additional security arrangements have been made with UP Police and central paramilitary forces deployed at different crossings and parts of the city.
UP's Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh said, "The whole region has been demarcated into nine zones and 20 sectors with the deployment of over 20,000 police personnel, 6,000 home guards, 40 police stations, 58 outposts, 40 fire stations, 80 companies of central force and 20 companies of PAC,"
He further said, “There would be also three police lines, one traffic police line, three women police stations and 317 police response vehicles to tackle an emergency situation with a response time of less than 10 minutes.”