Special train facilities
North Indian vegetarian meals will be served to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas delegates travelling to Delhi from Allahabad on board special trains on January 24 after attending the Kumbh Mela in the Uttar Pradesh city.
A high-level committee consisting of officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Uttar Pradesh government and the railways made this decision.
The government has constituted the committee to decide on the logistics around the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being held at Varanasi, represented in the Lok Sabha by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from January 21-23.
For the visitors of Mela, the administration has put up 1.22 lakh toilets in line with the theme of ‘Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh.’ The Mela, which begins on January 14 to conclude on March 4, attracts lakhs of devotees from across the country and many from other foreign countries.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘Sanitation Matters,’ which links sanitation with public health, has culminated in the ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ goal of SDG-2030, and is now reflected in the Kumbh Mela preparations as well.
On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: “The theme ‘Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh’ is appropriate enough, a message which the ‘Kumbh’ can send to the world.”
Expecting that people from all parts of the country and the world would be visiting this unique congregation at the banks of river Ganga, Yamuna and the mystic Saraswati, the administration has also ensured offering of a wide variety of cuisines catering to all different individuals.
Since ages, there has been a tradition of providing food to crores of pilgrims thronging the Kumbh. While the visitors staying at premises of different religious organisations are often provided food within the facility, many also carry utensils and other necessary items to cook and eat.
15 high-tech lost and found
The government has made the extra effort by digitalising the service of lost and found.
The Mela authority along with the police department is establishing 15 high-tech lost and found registration centres across the Mela area.
These centres will cater to the lost pilgrims, helping them to reunite with their friends and family
Akhada beyond sexuality
Kinnar Akhada Mahamandaleshwar, Acharya, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi exhumed pride and confidence while talking of her Akhada’s debut at this massive congregation of pilgrims and said, “For me, it is a wonderful situation to come to this divine Prayagraj Kumbh.
It has also said that the Lucknow and Allahabad divisions may procure 100 handsets for the duration of the event, while Varanasi division can buy 50 – they have to be compatible with BSNL priority SIMs, each costing Rs 7000 each, the circular said.