Kicking up a controversy, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday said the fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar on the banks of the river Yamuna here is a "symbol of subjugation of Hindus" and wanted the imposing structure to be replaced with a night shelter for poor pilgrims visiting to have a dip in the holy Sangam.
Maharashtra's town planning department has asked the Nashik district administration to ensure all necessary facilities during the Kumbh mela here in July, in view of the expected heavy rush of devotees.
The lack of proper coordination and disaster management plan on the part of railways resulted in the stampede at Allahabad station during last year's Maha Kumbh Mela in which 37 persons were killed, the CAG has said.
The Simulation model of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) will be used to manage traffic during the Kumbh mela to be held here and at Trimbakeshwar next year, Divisional Revenue Commissioner Eknath Davale said.
The Maharashtra government is gearing up to receive over 10 million pilgrims for the 2015 Kumbh Mela, scheduled after 12 years in the small temple towns of Nashik-Trimbakeshwar, around 175 km north of Mumbai.