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CM visits Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh, invites Akhadas to 2021 Kumbh in Haridwar

Visiting the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of Paush Poornima on Monday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat invited members of various Akhadas and religious fraternity to the Kumbh Mela to be held in Haridwar during 2021. Reaching Prayagraj, Rawat visited the Ardh Kumbh Mela area and viewed the facilities made for pilgrims. Meeting the head and general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, he also sought blessings of the members of the religious fraternity. Meeting representatives of various Akhadas and members of the religious fraternity, he invited them all to the Kumbh Mela slated to be held in Haridwar during 2021. Rawat said that facilities and experiences of the Ardh Kumbh at Prayagraj will be put to use in the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. The Uttarakhand Government will be focusing on providing necessary facilities to devotees from across India and abroad who will be attending the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. The suggestions of the religious fraternity and representatives of all the Akhadas will also be taken into cognisance for ensuring necessary facilities. The Chief Minister further informed that the Char Dham road project in Uttarakhand will be completed before 2021 while much of the work on the Rishikesh-Karnprayag railway line would also have been completed by then. This will enable devotees visiting the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar to conveniently visit the Char Dham shrines too. Stating that Uttarakhand had started preparations for the 2021 Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, he said that top police officials had been directed to accord top priority to the management and security of crores of pilgrims expected to attend the Kumbh Mela. A ring road is proposed in Haridwar for the Kumbh Mela while all departments have been directed to arrange their budgets and resources on time. In the initial stage, works amounting to Rs 2,200 crore are being proposed for the 2021 Kumbh of which most of the works are of a permanent nature. The entire Mela area is about 130 square kilometres which will include areas of Haridwar, Dehradun, Tehri and Pauri districts. The State’s Urban Development and Housing minister Madan Kaushik, BHEL-Ranipur MLA Adesh Chauhan, CM’s industrial adviser KS Panwar, chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh and Tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar among others were also present on the occasion. Tuesday, 22 January 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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