Chandigarh: Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal on Saturday announced the details of Kumbh Mela starting at Prayagraj from January 15, 2019, during a Press Conference at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here. CII is the National Partner to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for the Kumbh Mela 2019.
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Giving the details of the Kumbh, Mr Agarwal, said, "This holy event is organised at four places in the country. The event held at Prayagraj in itself is the subject of special curiosity and attraction for the country and the world. Following the efforts made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UNESCO, has included Kumbh in the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".
"Following the efforts made by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the historical and mythological importance has been restored by changing its name to Prayagraj as per the sentiments of the people. The Uttar Pradesh Government under the leadership of the Chief Minister is making elaborate arrangements for successful organisation of Prayagraj Kumbh- 2019," he shared.
"The state government is endeavoring to provide a devotional and spiritually changed atmosphere to pilgrims coming to Kumbh. Over 5000 NRIs will also visit the Kumbh owing to the joint efforts made by the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. People from over 6 lakh villages of India along with the overseas devotees will participate in Kumbh Mela 2019," he added.
"The state government earmarked an amount of Rs 2800 crore for Kumbh Mela 2019 along with the various projects of stable development. Besides, work of stable development are being carried out at Kumbh Mela and Prayagraj with a total amount of Rs 4300 crore from other budget. Under these projects, works of basic infrastructural facilities like roads, bridges, drinking water schemes electricity improvement, tourism developmental etc have been done."
"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'. Keeping this in view, the state government has beautified all the places directly or indirectly linked to the Kumbh," he said. The state government has already launched a new logo of Prayagraj Kumbh - 2019 in accordance with the nature of the event. The state government is making efforts to realise the concept of making the Kumbh event a representative of India's 'Sanatan' and inclusive culture. The objective of this event is to make efforts to familiarise the world with the high quality life, conduct and thoughts of Indian culture through Kumbh.
Kumbh is organised at Prayagraj after every six years 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. "For smooth traffic movement, the state government has constructed nine flyovers in only last one and a half years. The Bridge Corporation has created a record by constructing in a short period of 14 months a 4-lane wide and 1325 metre long flyover on a single pillar in front of Hon'ble High Court in Prayagraj city area. Similarly, another record has been created by completing only in a year time, a 1.0 km long ROB at a height of 16 metre at Rambag. In the densely populated areas of the city, 6 railway under passes have been widened to 4-lane within a year, which have smoothened city traffic movement for the citizens of Prayagraj," shared the Minister. UNI