India is a country of 1.4 billion individuals, and the figure is becoming all day long. In a nation where religious and political affairs have turned into regular rituals, events, concerts, election rallies, festivals, athletic events have become more engaging than daily affairs.
An estimated 80% of stampede in India, unfortunately, occur more on religious occasions at temples and sacred places. Occasions like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Kumbh Mela, and Char Dham Yatra attract huge religious gatherings that raise the danger of stampede like situations.
Stampede at Vaishno Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple, a Hindu temple in Jammu & Kashmir, is a recent example of the occasion transformed into graves of some. Around twelve individuals lost their lives in a rush and, many got injured. This accident is a serious reminder that crowd management must be re-evaluated in a holy and history-rich nation like India.
Expecting large numbers of devotees on New Year’s Evening, the concerned authorities should have put more resources into efficient tracking systems combined with modern technology to broadcast real-time updates to the devotees that evening. With this approach, they could have tracked the unrestricted entries at Vaishno Devi.
Presently, modern technology can prove a boon to avoid the possibility of any panic situation in crowded places at these religious affairs. By installing the most powerful devices, security systems can focus on their high alert areas and control the situation before time.
Crowd mismanagement at crowded places
At Indian athletic occasions like the IPL, crowd management experts are better prepared to keep the masses from becoming disturbed because of cancellations, oversubscription of entry tickets or troublesome umpire choices.
Similarly, Indians need a more planned way to deal with the crowd at a gathered site regardless of whether individuals are lining up for their vaccination in these intense Covid times, citizens in a political race, or protestors battling for their freedoms.
Crowd and event management is the need of the hour
Crowd management is an underestimated administration in India, while it demands special attention to provide a safe and secure environment to the citizens. Long term achievement instead of short term benefit can be accomplished by putting resources into advanced technologies, specialized tracking systems and highly qualified authorities for proficient execution and support. The Events and Crowd Management industry can also act as a catalyst to lift the economy of India; by giving an improved experience to the citizens as well as the tourists in India. This will contribute to maintaining the reliability of people and increase the participation of more people from all around the world.