By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 22 Nov: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, during a meeting regarding the preparations for Haridwar Kumbh 2021, today, with the Akhara Parishad at his official residence, said that the Mela would held in its divine and grand form. The tradition and culture of Kumbh would be fully taken care of. There were some practical problems due to the Covid pandemic, which would determine the scale of the event.
Chief Minister Rawat added that whatever decisions would be taken regarding the Kumbh, suggestions of the Akhara Parishad and seers would be taken into account. He claimed it was the effort of the state government that devotees do not face any kind of difficulty. He said that the ongoing works at the Kumbh Mela site are being reviewed from time to time. The departmental secretaries concerned had been instructed to regularly monitor the work in progress. The Chief Secretary has also been instructed to review progress of the Kumbh Mela in 15 days.
The Chief Minister also inquired about the progress of works from the Meladhikari. He directed that before the commencement of Kumbh, all works of permanent nature should be completed. In case of any kind of problem, the higher officials of the government should be made aware. Instructions were given on cleanliness, removal of encroachments and arrangement of parking spots. All arrangements should be made keeping in mind the Covid situation.
Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik said that the Akhada Parishad and Sant Samaj would be fully supported in ensuring a successful Kumbh. Every effort would be made to identify the problems of the area. A systematic strategy would be implemented so that devotees do not have to face troubles. The cooperation of the common people and seers was also very important in making such large events successful.
Mahant Narendra Giri, President of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad, said that the state government will be given full support for the successful organisation of Haridwar Kumbh.
In view of the circumstances of Covid, whatever decision would be taken by the government regarding the nature of Kumbh would have total support. On this occasion, he also took up some problems faced by the Akharas.
Meladhikari Deepak Rawat said that by 15 December, most permanent works would be completed. All works would be completed by 31 December. Work on 9 new ghats, 8 bridges and roads being constructed for Kumbh were nearing completion. Special emphasis is being given to sanitation. Work on drinking water and parking arrangements, removal of encroachment is being done continuously. All arrangements would be completed before the commencement of Kumbh.
Present on this occasion were General Secretary, Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad, Mahant Hari Giri, Mahant Prem Giri, Mahant Satyagiri, Mahant Kailashpuri, Mahant Mukundanand Brahmachari, Mahant Ravindra Puri, Garhwal Commissioner Ravinath Raman, IG, Garhwal, Abhinav Kumar, IG, Kumbh Mela, Sanjay Gunjyal, Additional Secretary, Urban Development, Vinod Kumar Suman, Additional Mela Officer Dr Lalit Narayan Mishra, Harveer Singh, Ramji Sharan Sharma, etc.