Chennai, Jan 6:
A total allotment of Rs 4300 crore has been made for creating all necessary infrastructure for Maha Kumbh Mela 2019 at Prayagraj, formerly called Allahabad, from January 15, said Jai Pratap Singh, Minister of Excise and Prohibition, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing the media here on Saturday under the auspices of FICCI, he said the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has made him an ambassador to promote Prayagraj Kumbh, which has UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity acknowledgement.
He said the whole idea is to promote spiritual tourism and showcase Uttar Pradesh to the outside world.
He also said the state government is making elaborate arrangements for the successful organisation of the Kumbh 2019, which will see a gathering of over 20 lakh people from all over the world.
“The UP government has already launched the new logo of Prayagraj Kumbh 2019 in accordance with the nature of the event,’’he said and added, “Special priority has been accorded to providing better facilities to the devotees and tourists attending the Kumbh for all its religious and cultural fervour.’’
Jai Pratap Singh said that the state of Madhya Pradesh also held a Kumbh Mela two and a half years ago to attract people from different walks of life and make them partake of the spiritual food offered at the event. He said that the people from south visit Ayodhya and the Ram Mandir and this time they can come to Prayagraj to enjoy the events associated with the grand Kumbh happening on the confluence of the mighty Ganga.
Jai Pratap Singh said, “The UP government is making efforts to familiarise the world with the high-quality life, conduct and thoughts of Indian culture through Kumbh Mela.’’
Ruban Hobday, Head, FICCI Tamil Nadu State Council, spoke on the importance of Kumbh Mela and FICCI’s association with the government of UP in promoting the most happening event on the earth.