World’s biggest religious festival, Kumbh Mela is going to start on January 15. Millions of people will descend to Prayagraj to celebrate Hindu religious festival of Ardh Kumbh Mela.
UP minister says that near about 12 crore devotees are expected to visit and the government has done careful arrangements to ensure the security and smooth conduct of the mega event.
Besides being touted as the biggest cultural and religious event in the world, Kumbh Mela has been accorded the status of world heritage by the UNESCO. The event will continue till March 4.
Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said that for the first time two integrated control and command centers have been formed in order to ensure law and order in the city. He also added “The Kumbh Mela area has been brought under surveillance of these centers and CCTV cameras. The system will facilitate controlling and keeping safe the traffic movement and the crowd coming to the mela.”
192 countries’ people are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela and to make sure the security of the pilgrims 1,400 CCTV cameras has been arranged.
The minister also said, “Ambassadors of about 71 countries had witnessed the preparations for this grand event. A conference on NRI day is being organized in Varanasi this month. Over 5,000 NRIs are likely to visit the Kumbh.”
Mr. Khanna said that Uttar government Pradesh is making efforts to ensure the participation of people from all states. Air, road, and river transport facilities have been made available so that the pilgrims can choose according to them to come to the mela.
The Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS), a charity that runs a smart village for the differently abled people and a hospital in Udaipur, plans to set up a spiritual-cum-surgical camp at the Kumbh Mela. The NSS will also establish a hospital including 100 bed along with an artificial limb development unit.
NSS president Prashant Agarwal said that “Later, these customized limbs will be installed and donated to the differently abled beneficiaries.”