A day before the religious Kumbh Mela started, a fire broke out at a camp in Digambar Akhara at Prayagraj on Monday. No injuries or casualties reported in the flame, reports security officials, who were present at the location.
The flame was brought under control within a few minutes, informed firefighters to the source. Local information suggests a cylinder blast, which has led to the furious fire.
Over 10 ambulances and an air ambulance were immediately called at the spot. Disaster Management and Nodal Officer Dr. Rishi Sahay told the source that “No casualties have been reported so far.”
A senior police officer present at the spot said that “the fire has been contained and the area is being cleared now.” Fire Engines and NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel are present at the site, making it sure that the fire does not rapidly spread.
Kumbh Mela is set to start from January 15 in Prayagraj, which is formerly called Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expected more than 12 crore pilgrims at the much-anticipated Kumbh Mela. UNESCO has described the Kumbh Mela as the biggest “peaceful congregation of pilgrims on the earth.”
Apart from Prayagraj, Kumbh Mela is celebrated in Ujjain, Haridwar, and Nasik.
For the 2019 Kumbh Mela edition, CM Adityanath-led BJP government has allocated Rs. 2800 crore for the mela, informed UP Minister Suresh Rana.
Kumbh Mela is organized in an area about 3200 hectares, which is double the area of the last Kumbh, informed Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi and Information and Tourism in the Uttar Pradesh government.