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Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019: Salient features

Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj is going to be the world’s largest human congregation. RM brings a glimpse of the preparations and salient features of Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019

Kumbh Mela aptly represents glorious traditions of India. The people will get an opportunity to get connected with their celebrated past through Kumbh starting at Prayagraj from January 15, 2019. This holy event is organised at four places in the country on a rotation at Prayagraj, Nashik, Ujjain and Haridwar. The event held at Prayagraj is the subject of special curiosity and attraction for the country and the world. 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), keeping the importance of Kumbh in Prayagraj in view, has included it in the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Kumbh starts with worshipping of Ganga. The Prime Minister has launched the Kumbh by worshipping Ganga on December 16, 2018.

Kumbh is organised at Prayagraj after every six year and Magh Mela every year. To ensure continuity of developmental process, the state government has constituted Prayagraj Mela Authority. Under the Kumbh related works, 671 people welfare projects have been completed during the last one and a half years. Of these, most of the projects are related to the stable developmental works. 

Expenditure
The state government has earmarked an amount of Rs. 2800 crore for Kumbh Mela-2019 along with the various projects of stable development. Besides, works of stable development are being carried out at Kumbh Mela and Prayagraj with a total amount of Rs. 4300 crore from other budget. All these works will be facilitating for the devotees visiting the Kumbh. Under these projects, works of basic infrastructural facilities like roads, bridges, drinking water schemes electricity improvement, tourism developmental among other facilities have been done.

Shahi Snan Calendar

  • Kumbh Mela will commence from January 15, 2019 with Makar Sankranti shahi snan
  • January 21- Paush Purnima
  • February 04 - Mauni Amavasya
  • February 10 - Vasant Panchami
  • February 19 - Maghi Purnima
  • March 04, the Mela will end with Mahashivratri shahi snan


Global Participation
Commencing from January 15, 2019, the Kumbh will be the most novel event till date. Ambassadors of about 71 countries have witnessed the preparations for this grand event. They have unfurled the national flag of their countries on the bank of Triveni in Kumbh Mela area. A conference on NRI Day is being organised in Varanasi in January. Representatives of 192 countries are expected to visit Kumbh in February. Over 5000 NRIs are expected to visit the Kumbh.

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Amenities
The efforts made by the state government resulted in setting up of a new city in the huge Mela area, which has 250 km long roads and 22 pontoon bridges. It will be the largest temporary city of the world. Keeping in view arrival of devotees in a large number, availability of electricity has been made more effective by streamlining energy infrastructure in Prayagraj. For the first time, the Mela area is being brightened up by installing over 40,000 LED lights there. 

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With a view to organising Kumbh properly, the state government for the first time, has widened and strengthened on a wide scale over 64 traffic crossings and 264 roads connecting the mela area during the last one and a half years. Besides, the availability of latest medical equipment has been augmented in the hospitals of Prayagraj city, besides setting up new plants by enhancing medical facilities.

For convenience of tourists and devotees visiting the Kumbh, the state government has made available the facility of modern and smooth traffic movement to Prayagraj by constructing 09 flyovers. The Bridge Corporation has constructed a 4-lane wide and 1325 metre long flyover on a single pillar in front of Allahabad High Court. In the densely populated areas of the city, 6 railway under passes have been widened, which have smoothened city traffic movement for the citizens of Prayagraj.

Connectivity: Air, Land & Water
Prayagraj has been connected through air route to the country's several main cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Indore, Nagpur, Patna among others cities. A heliport is also being set up here and arrangements are being made to provide the facility of helicopter joy ride to tourists.
 
The conception of linking Prayagraj with all the three routes- air, road and waterways- has been fully realised. For the first time, Indian Inland Waterways Authority has set up five jetties in the Mela area. These jetties have facilitated operation of large cruises and motor boats in Prayagraj for the first time.

Cultural Heritage
To ensure representation of every cultural discipline of the country in Kumbh arrangements are being made for 30 thematic gates, over 200 cultural programmes of high quality, laser show on cultural topics, food court, vending zone, exhibitions and tourist walk. Facade lighting is also being done at prominent places. To showcase Indian culture, 'Kala Gram' and 'Sanskriti Gram' are being set up.

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Prayagraj city has been beautifully decorated with the pictures and drawings of Indian culture and art. The walls in Prayagraj are showcasing Indian culture in an enchanting way. The glory of Prayagraj and India has been beautifully highlighted through pictures. Walls of 20 lakh square metres are being decorated here to give a glimpse of Indian culture, through pictures, to the visitors.

Following the efforts made by the state government and the cooperation extended by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, the devotees coming to the Kumbh will have an opportunity for the first time in the last 450 years to pray at 'Akshay Vat' and 'Sarasvati Koop'. The Kumbh is organised at Triveni Sangam, but it is related to entire Prayagraj area. Keeping this in view, the state government has beautified all the places directly or indirectly linked to the Kumbh. For convenience of devotees and tourists visiting the Kumbh, the facility of reaching there by air, road and river has been made for the first time.

Safety & Security
The Kumbh Mela area has been brought under the surveillance of Integrated Control and Command Centre and CCTV cameras. Integrated Control and Command Centre of the smart city project has been dedicated to Prayagraj. The system will facilitate controlling and keeping safe the traffic movement and the crowd coming to Mela. This will also help in ensuring law and order of the city. CCTV cameras will not only keep a close watch on safety and security but also watch the cleanliness arrangements. There will be two  Control and Command Centres under a scheme of about Rs. 247 crore in Prayagraj. Of these, one Control and Command Centre costing Rs. 116 crore has been completed and made functional. It has been completed in only five months. 

Through over 1400 CCTV cameras of the already functional Integrated Control and Command Centre, the work of traffic control, security and video analytics are being done in Kumbh Mela area.

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Sanitation
The state government is laying special emphasis on cleanliness during the Prayagraj Kumbh-2019. 1,22,000 toilets have been constructed and sanitary staff more than double in number as compare to the previous Kumbh have been deployed in Prayagraj Kumbh-2019. The message of cleanliness from Prayagraj will go to every nook and corner of the country. For the first time 20,000 dustbins have been placed in the Mela area, besides deploying 140 tippers and 40 compactors for ensuring solid waste management.

Campaigns are in full swing everywhere to ensure that the banks of Ganga and Triveni remain clean and the water of Ganga remains pollution free. So far, 32 nullahs (drains) opening in the Ganga have been sealed. To control pollution in the Ganga, four schemes are being implemented in Prayagraj under the Namami Gange Programme.

Foundation stones have been laid under the Namami Gange Programme for three sewerage treatment plants and construction of pumping system connected to them as well as upgradation of seven STPs and 10 pumping stations and also maintenance of all these facilities for next 15 years. The work of sewer connection and setting up of pumping station by laying 177 km sewer lines have been completed. 

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