The Uttar Pradesh government has invited the Guinness jury to check out creating 1.5 lakh toilets at the Prayag Kumbh Mela site
The Yogi Adityanath government is all set to stake its claim in the Guinness Book of World records by constructing 1.5 lakh toilets and declaring 3,200 acres of the Kumbh Mela Ground area open defecation free (ODF) for the world’s largest religious congregation in January 2019 at Sangam in Allahabad.
The state government has already sent an invite to the Jury of Guinness Book of World Records to visit Allahabad and verify its claims.
Organised every three years, the Kumbh Mela 2019 is going to be bigger than even last Maha Kumbh in 2013. Showcasing the mega event globally, the Yogi Adityanath has already sanctioned Rs 2,500 crore to execute as many as 216 projects for the Kumbh Mela, divided into 20 sectors.
About 14 crore devotees from around the world are expected to throng Triveni Sangam, the confluence of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and invisible Saraswati during the 49-day-long Kumbh Mela 2019.
Spread in an area of 20 km radius, over 10 lakh tents will be erected in the world’s biggest-ever ‘Tent City’. “The focus is on health, hygiene, safety, security and enhanced world-class experience to those visiting the Kumbh 2019,” said Vijay Kiran Anand, the Kumbh Mela Officer.
To meet up the sanitation challenge, the Yogi Adityanath government has sanctioned over one fifth or Rs 550 crore for construction of a record 1.5 lakh modern toilets.
A workforce of 15,000 sweepers is being deployed for maintaining these toiletswhich will be linked with underground pipelines to take away the sewage to outside the Tent City. Since the Yogi Adityanath government has extended an invitation to NRIs and foreign missions in 190 countries, a record 3 to 4 million foreign visitors are expected to arrive during Kumbh Mela.
The Mela office said, “The state government is pitching a place in the Guinness Book of World Records on two main grounds. Firstly, nowhere in the world has such a large number of toilets been constructed at one place. Secondly, the entire Tent City will be declared ODF to achieve total sanitation which is almost next to impossible when a temporary city is created.”
“We are sure to get a place in the Guinness Book of World Records on our world-class toilet project for the Kumbh Mela. Nowhere in the world, such a massive total sanitation activity has ever taken place,” claimed Ashish Goel, the Commissioner Allahabad.
Besides this record-breaking feat, Kumbh Mela 2019 will have many firsts to its credit. A record 3 crore devotees will take a holy dip on Mauni Amavasya falling on February 4, 2019. For the first time, Allahabad has been linked with Air route for foreign tourists and about 150 special trains will be run by the Indian Railways to take visitors to Allahabad.
The State government has already hired Prasoon Joshi’s McCann Worldgroup India for showcasing the mega event globally. Foreign missions from 75 countries have already given their confirmation to participate in the world’s biggest ever and holiest Hindu religious congregation in Allahabad.
A special Tent City is being erected for about 5,000 foreign dignitaries. It will have the best of the tent accommodation and world-class facilities including wifi, modern toilets and kitchen with food of their choice.
About 45 4G towers, 38,000 LED lights, 42 police stations, 40 fire stations, 20,000 police personnel, 1,000 CCTVs, over 500 drone cameras, 1,100 lifeguards, special 20,000 capacity pandal for yoga and meditation etc are some of the notable features which the coming Kumbh Mela will have.
The Allahabad Railways Station is being expanded and modernised to handle a bigger crowd and ensure that 2013 like a stampede was not repeated again.
For the crowd management, the Indian Institute of Information and Technology Allahabad has developed software which will not only manage the crowd but will keep a ‘third eye’ through video footage on the behaviour of the crowd.
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