The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Durga Shankar Mishra, conducted a review meeting today with officials in Prayagraj, the city of pilgrimage, regarding the preparations for the upcoming Mahakumbh, which is set to take place after a gap of fourteen months.
He also inspected the quality of work at the ground zero. Expressing complete satisfaction with the preparations, the Chief Secretary stated that the Uttar Pradesh government is diligently working to make the 2025 Mahakumbh a divine and grand event. He anticipates that over 40 crore devotees will attend the 2025 Mahakumbh, which is more than double the number that attended the Kumbh in 2019 when over 20 crore pilgrims visited.
The Chief Secretary mentioned that the Triveni Pushp, situated in Arail, is being developed once again. Furthermore, preparations are underway to construct a ropeway for pilgrims to travel from the fort towards Arail.
A 9-kilometer flyover from Malakharhar to Beli, which will be completed before the Mahakumbh, will provide a direct entry point for pilgrims and tourists coming from Lucknow to reach the Sangam. Additionally, a new road is under construction to enhance connectivity between the airport and Sangam.
In the Sangam area, the construction of seven new ghats on the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, including a 110-meter Dashashwamedh Ghat, is in progress. The restoration work of the Nag Vasuki Temple, Asimadhav, and the reclining statue of Bhishma Pitamah is also underway. Corridors are being established in the fort for Akshay Vat, Pathalpuri, and Saraswati Koop. In line with the Mahakumbh's requirements, efforts are being made to widen the city's roads and beautify the intersections.
Furthermore, development work is in progress at the railway and airport. The government is making an effort to extend the waterway from Haldia to Varanasi to Prayagraj before the Mahakumbh. A permanent and temporary tent city is also being constructed to accommodate people during the Mahakumbh.
The Chief Secretary emphasized that considerable security measures are being taken for the Mahakumbh. An Integrated Command Control Center, established during the 2019 Kumbh, will keep a vigilant eye on every corner. The traffic will be monitored via the Integrated Traffic Management System, encompassing roads, bus stations, railway stations, and airports.
Infrastructure is being strengthened, and public transportation services will be increased to ensure that the visitors to the Mahakumbh have a pleasant experience and leave with a positive impression of Prayagraj and Uttar Pradesh. This is the government's primary goal.