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CM Yogi writes invitation letters to all CMs for 2019 Kumbh Mela

CM Yogi writes invitation letters to all CMs for 2019 Kumbh Mela

New Delhi: Kumbh Mela, considered one of the biggest religious gatherings in the world, is going to witness more human conglobation at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has written letters to chief ministers of 29 states and 7 Union territories to invite them to the biggest religious programme. Besides, the invitation will also be sent by the state government to 6,000-odd villages asking them to send at least one person each for the religious gathering.

Stressing on the infrastructure ahead of the grand religious affair, the host UP government has sanctioned Rs 2,500 crore. Adding, Rs. 1,200 crore has been sanctioned by the Government of India, Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary of UP said on Saturday.

"The state government has already undertaken a larger number of projects. That will not only help to enhance tourism but will generate job opportunities," the

official added. Approximately 12 crore pilgrims are expected to join during the religious festival from January 15 to March 19, 2019. It will also cover the total 3,200 Ha area and 20 sectors.

The local administration is working extensively to give a complete makeover to the city. Road, lanes-leading to the Sangam are bringing widened and cleaned to facilitate smooth stay for lakhs of pilgrims. Prayagraj has been painted, which is named 'Paint my city'

campaign. There will be light and sound show at the

Allahabad Fort. For the first time, people can visit the underground area of the fort which is restricted and undertaken by the defence.

Also, there will be a special arrangement for the media. A media centre of around 12,000 sq ft area will be set up to guide the press people (international, national and local) by the state government. There will be international and national media colonies, where each registered media house will be provided 1,500 sq ft

separate areas to cover the festival independently, Sushil Kumar Gupta, director of Information, UP govt mentioned during a press conference here.

Besides, to control the water purity the state government further shut all 'water polluting industries' from the banks of the river Ganga. UP CM Yogi Adityanath met the Prime

Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to discuss the arrangements of Kumbh festival in the national capital.

Special shuttle bus services for the pilgrims, special trains will be provided from all state capitals and a new terminal will be inaugurated in the

Prayagraj airport ahead of Kumbh to enhance the air connectivity also.

Simontini Bhattacharjee

Simontini Bhattacharjee

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