Haridwar all decked up for Kumbh mela from Thursday
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 23:45
  
Haridwar: The otherwise calm and quiet city of Haridwar is abuzz with activities as lakhs of devotees, sadhus and tourists have converged here for the Kumbh mela beginning Thursday.

Over 25 lakh people are expected to take a 'snan' (bath) in the Ganga tomorrow on the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti' -- the day when the sun starts to move northwards marking the decline of winter.

Eight lakh people have already reached the city, officials said.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said all steps have been taken to ensure incident-free fair. "Heavy security has been put in place for smooth conduct of the Mahakumbh," Nishank said.

"All arrangements have been made. Security forces have been deployed at 130 sq km area to ensure that no untoward incident occurs," Kumbh mela in-charge Anand Vardhan said.

From fresh tarred and pothole-free roads to banners welcoming the devotees, the city springs with clean and tidy look ahead of the Kumbh, considered one of the largest religious gathering in the world.

Gone are the illegal constructions along the roads or the overflowing sewage, the city has painted itself into a new colour. The state government has pressed in the entire administration for smooth functioning of the Kumbh and has set up extensive camps to facilitate lodging of the devotees.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 23:45


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