Maha Kumbh: Many projects for devotees yet to be completed

Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 11:46

Haridwar: Nearly 100 projects aimed at providing basic amenities to the six crore pilgrims planning to visit the three-month-long Maha Kumbh mela are yet to be completed by the administration.

Several projects including construction of toilets and drinking water supply worth over Rs 500 crore were sanctioned by the government last year and a deadline of December 31 was set.

However, only 176 out of the 274 projects have been completed, official sources said.

The setting up of 20 temporary hospitals and about
13,000 makeshift toilets are yet to be completed, they said.

The mela administration has to erect tents for various
`akharas`(Hindu religious orders) and provide basic amenities
like drinking water, lights, toilets and sewerage but many
such projects are yet to be initiated.

Moreover, the akharas were granted land only this
Tuesday.

When contacted, chief mela officer Anand Bardhan said
only 186 of the total 274 projects were "crucial" for the
Kumbh mela.

According to Bardhan, 176 of the 186 "crucial" projects have been completed.

"The rest 10 projects, which included construction and repair of some by-lanes in the city, were delayed due the cold weather conditions," he said.

The Maha Kumbh, the world`s largest religious congregation that takes place once in 12 years, began yesterday with over 10 lakh devotees taking a holy dip in the freezing Ganga waters.

The Kumbh is spread over an area of 130 sq km.

Bardhan said efforts are being made to intensify the
completion of various projects.

"We have completed construction of some 5,000
(makeshift) toilets. Efforts are on to complete the rest of
them."

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 11:46

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