Dehradun (SunstarTV Bureau): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat confirmed observance of ‘ Kumbh Mela’ at Haridwar in 2021, scorning all the skeptism regarding Covid-19, here on Sunday.
Rawat in a meeting, with office-bearers of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) discussed regarding the preparations for the 2021 ‘Kumbh Mela’, which will begin on January 14.
“The extent of the ‘Kumbh Mela’ will depend on the status of the COVID-19 at that time. The suggestions of the ABAP and the religious fraternity will also be taken in the decisions, which will be taken according to the prevailing situation. The efforts of the state government will be aimed at ensuring that the devotees do not face any inconvenience,” Rawat said.
भारतीय संस्कृति और सभ्यता के आदिकाल से ही गंगा न केवल भारत की सर्वाधिक महान एवं पवित्र नदी के रूप में लक्षित है अपितु ‘माँ’ के रूप में भी पूजित है। हमारी सरकार के लिए भी करोड़ों लोगों की आस्था की प्रतीक ‘माँ गंगा’ सर्वोपरि है और उसकी निर्मलता बनाए रखने के लिए हम सदैव तत्पर हैं। pic.twitter.com/u1oHxCRh7L
— Trivendra Singh Rawat (@tsrawatbjp) November 22, 2020
“Departmental secretaries have been directed to monitor the works under progress consistently. Chief Secretary has also been directed to review the situation in 15 days,” he added.
‘Kumbh Mela’ officer Deepak Rawat said, “Work on nine new ghats (river banks), eight bridges and roads being built for the ‘Kumbh Mela’ is nearing completion. Special focus is on cleanliness. Works are also being done consistently on drinking water facilitation, parking facility and removal of encroachments,” He is hoping for an early completion of work by December 15.
As per a release by the Chief Minister’s Office, Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik said that well-planned arrangements will be made to ensure the devotees face no problem during the ‘Kumbh Mela’.
ABAP head Mahant Narendra Giri assured the government that the body will fully cooperate with the state government for the successful organisation of the ‘Kumbh Mela’.
Kaushik said that 35 to 50 lakh people are expected to take the holy dip in Ganga daily during the ‘Kumbh Mela’ 2021.