Kumbha Mela: Cong for monitoring committee of MLAs
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 18:10
Dehra Dun: A Congress leader today asked the Uttarakhand government to set up a committee of MLAs to monitor the preparations being done for Mahakumbha Mela in Haridwar next year.

As Mahakumbha Mela is one of the largest congregation of pilgrims on the earth, there should be a monitoring committee of MLAs to keep a watch on the works being done for the purpose, Deputy leader of Congress legislature party in state Assembly Tilak Raj Behad told reporters here.

There should be transparency in the works related to the Mela as around 5-6 crore pilgrims are expected to arrive during the period, he said.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank has taken action against some officials for dereliction of duty in the mela-related works, but that is not enough, the Sitarganj MLA said.

The centre has sanctioned a budget of Rs 400 crore for the Mahakumbha Mela.

Kumbha (meaning, pot) Mela (fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage that takes place at four locations in the country, including Haridwar. For each site, it comes every 12 years.

In Haridwar, it will happen on the banks of river Ganges.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 18:10

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