Lucknow, Jan 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that BJP government is planning up a number of initiatives and well defined themes to make upcoming Kumbh mela a grand affair.
He said that this mela has even been reorgnised by UNESCO and has branded it as biggest human congregation.
“This year Kumbh mela will be different because for the first time the pilgrims will get an oportuinity to have darshan of Akshay Vat and Saraswati koop,” the Chief Minister said.
The vast Kumbh Mela ground spread over in 3,600 hectares has been turned into a tent city. To ensure free passage 10 flyovers and ROBs and 6 underpasses have been built. Over 264 roads have been widened besides another 250 km road has been freshly laid. Over 1.22 lakh toilets have been constructed for the benefits of the people, he said.
“The Praygraj city has been given a fresh look through paint my city campaign under which 20 lakh foot of wall has been painted depicting Indian culture and heritage,” Mr Adityanath added.
In an attempt to provide fool-proof security over 50,000 security personnel will man this area.
“It will be an extensive security exercise. Anti-sabotage teams and Special commandos from police and para-military forces have been deployed. Over 1400 CCV cameras to keep a track of traffic and security,” the CM said adding that over 40,000 LED lights will lite up the tent city which will have over 1 million small tarpaulin tents in green, blue and saffron colors.
Senior official in Uttar Pradesh Government Awanish Awasthi said that scale of this year’s Kumbh mela is much bigger than last Kumbh held in 2013. Area and money wise it is almost double.
Mr Awasthi said that an investment of Rs 4,300 crore has been made to organize this Kumbh while it was Rs 1,200 crore in last Kumbh.
“This investment does not mean only sprucing up Kumbh area or providing facilities like tents or toilets there. This money has also been used to build infrastructure like bridges and roads. These are permanent structures which will stay even after Kumbh,” he said.
The official said that besides Government expenditure many big business houses have chipped in by building toilets or community kitchen at the tent house through their Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) fund.
The Government is expecting this Kumbh to be a big show.
“Last time 120 million people visited Kumbh and this time we are expecting much more crowd as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has invited people from all across India to come and have a dip in the sacred Sangam,” he said.
Chief Minister had sent his senior ministers to different states and invited Chief Ministers and Governors to visit Kumbh this year.
A research carried out by British and Indian academicians has claimed Kumbh to be the largest religious gathering in the world. The research led by Nick Hopkins of University of Dundee, Prof Stephen Reicher of University of St Andrews and Prof Narayan Srinivasan of University of Allahabad has called Kumbh mela as the biggest show in the earth in this study carried out for four year. (UNI)