Yogi plans grand Ardh Kumbh in 2019

The CM has al­lo­cated an ad­di­tional Rs 510 crore for the Kumbh ‘mela’ prepa­ra­tions.

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know to pre­pare for the event.

In­ci­den­tally, chances are that Al­la­habad could be re­named as Praya­graj be­fore the 2019 Kumbh Mela. A del­e­ga­tion of the Akhilesh Bhar­tiya Akhara Par­ishad met Yogi Adityanath two days ago and placed this de­mand which was ac­cepted in prin­ci­ple by the CM. “The Chief Min­is­ter is tak­ing keen per­sonal in­ter­est in the event. He has asked of­fi­cials to de­sign an em­blem a slo­gan for the event,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial in the CM’s of­fice.

Yogi Adityanath has de­cided to set up a Praya­graj Mela Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity that will work as a no­dal agency for all prepa­ra­tions for the event. This is be­ing done to en­sure a com­pre­hen­sive su­per­vi­sion of the ar­range­ments for the mega event.

The state govern­ment has also re­leased Rs 290 crore to up­grade the Bam­rauli air­port in Al­la­habad be­fore the 2019 Kumbh. A civil air­port is be­ing built next to the Bam­rauli air­port which is es­sen­tially an Air Force sta­tion. The state govern­ment is al­ready pre­par­ing to launch state air ser­vices con­nect­ing cities like Luc­know with Al- la­habad, Varanasi and Agra. A bird sanc­tu­ary is also be­ing planned in Al­la­habad to boost the tourist po­ten­tial of the place. Yogi Adityanath has also or­dered the upgra­da­tion and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Shringver­pur, a place of re­li­gious im­por­tance. The govern­ment has al­lot­ted Rs 32 crore for this.

UP min­is­ter Sid­dhartha Nath Singh, who is also an MLA from Al­la­habad, said that the state govern­ment’s re­quest to Rail­ways to come up with a rail over bridge (ROB) and fly­over con­nect­ing Begum Bazaar lo­cal­ity with the air­port has also been ap­proved. He said that Rail­ways has sanc­tioned Rs 110 crore for the two projects and the ROB and the fly­over would be a four-lane road till the new civil air­port. A govern­ment spokesman said that the CM wanted per­ma­nence for the work done for the Kumbh Mela. “The CM has made it clear that in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties be­ing set up for the event must last be­yond the Kumbh Mela,” the spokesman said. It will cost the state govern­ment Rs 2500 crore and will be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 2018.

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