Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019: The Costliest At An Expense Of Rs 4,236 Crore
Prayagraj(also known as Allahabad) is witnessing a gradual increase in footfalls of people coming from different parts of the country to attend the Khumb Mela 2019. To provide better security and facility, Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government has done a lot of first time things like the initiatives to implement innovative technology like garbage compactors and trash disposal vehicles that can be monitored by GPS, and adding 40,000 radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that will be used by the police to track lost children. Business Today reported that the state government has allocated Rs 4,236 crore for this Mela which is an iconic Hindu festival and is celebrated at an interval of every six years.
Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister, Rajesh Agarwal said that the state government has allocated Rs 4,236 cr for 2019 Kumbh Mela. He mentioned that the previous state government had conducted the Maha Kumbh, the next will be held after 144 years, at an expense of Rs 1,300 crore in 2013. He further mentioned that the other departments have also allocated funds for this event. The state government is investing Rs 2,000 crore of the Rs 4,236 cr and the central government has allocated Rs 2,200 crore From the fund, 1,200 crores have already been released.
Area for the Mela doubled up
The budget of this year’s Kumbh Mela is thrice that of the budget of the Maha Kumbh in 2013. Agarwal said that that the area provided for organizing the Kumbh Mela has been doubled when compared to that in previous years. Space allocated for the Kumbh Mela this year has been doubled to 3,200 hectares from 1,600 hectares last year. UP Finance Minister self-praised the state government and said that it is trying to provide better facilities for the public.
Kumbh Mela: A World in itself
This year’s Kumbh Mela started on January 15 and will end on March 4. The Hindustan Times reported that this year the Kumbh Mela is to host around 15 crore people from all across the world. The Mela has a parking capacity of 5.63 lakh vehicle. It has 58 police outposts, 20,000 police officials, 1,22,500 toilets, and 2,132 medical personal.