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UP govt holds workshop focusing on organising ‘green and smart’ Mahakumbh 2025

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Senior officials with long experience of organising Kumbh take part in workshop held at Yojana Bhawan and chaired by Chief Secretary

Senior officials give important suggestions regarding facilities for devotees

Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department presents overview of Mahakumbh 2025

By Our Correspondent

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government, on Thursday held an important workshop, aimed at seeking valuable suggestions from senior officials with long experience of organising Kumbh in Prayagraj in the past, regarding a green and smart Mahakumbh 2025 with state-of-the-art facilities for the devotees.

Held at the auditorium of Yojana Bhawan under the chairmanship of Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, the workshop witnessed sharing of valuable ideas by the senior officials with commendable contributions in the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh fairs in the past.

The officials also gave important suggestions for the successful hosting of Mahakumbh to be held in 2025. Principal secretaries of various departments, secretaries, fair officers, Kumbh Mela, Prayagraj, and other prominent officers attended the workshop.

Jeevesh Nandan, who was the Mela Adhikari of Kumbh Mela 2001, underlined the importance of dividing the Mela into Project Phase and Operation Phase as well as getting the support of stakeholders like Akhara Parishad for efficient organization of Maha Kumbh. Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Dr. Devesh Chaturvedi gave a presentation on Kumbh Mela 2013, in which he highlighted the importance of disaster management, air ambulance, efficient management of public transport as well as adhering to the deadlines of infrastructure projects.

Principal Secretary, Tourism/Culture Department, Mukesh Meshram stressed the need to promote religious circuit and spiritual tourism. In the context of security and traffic management, Dr. S.N. Sabat shared his experiences from the Kumbh Mela 2019, in which he discussed the importance of policing. Apart from this, Varanasi Police Commissioner Mohit Aggarwal joined through virtual medium and shared his important suggestions for Mahakumbh.

Mahakumbh will be safe, convenient and memorable: Chief Secretary

Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, while appreciating the preparations made by all the departments, laid special emphasis on making Mahakumbh green and smart. He gave guidelines to ensure cleanliness and hygiene during the Mahakumbh 2025 and urged the residents of Prayagraj to pay special attention to cleanliness. Additionally, he emphasized the need for central teams’ guidance to effectively execute diverse missions.

At the conclusion of the workshop, the Chief Secretary honoured the speakers with mementos. He said that the initiative aims to guarantee a safe, convenient, and unforgettable experience for devotees, pilgrims, and tourists during Kumbh Mela 2025.

Maha Kumbh will be organised in 4000 hectares

Earlier in the workshop, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Amrit Abhijat delivered the welcome address and presented a comprehensive overview of Mahakumbh 2025. He outlined the scale of the upcoming Mahakumbh Mela, spanning 4000 hectares, featuring 67,000 street lights, 145,000 toilets, over 1500 signage boards, surveillance by more than 2300 cameras, and amenities such as an AI-based chatbot, 2000 tents, and 25,000 public pontoon bridges for accommodation. Moreover, 149,620 saplings will be planted to support environmental conservation efforts.

 

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