In an effort for clean Kumbh Mela , all the government officials, citizens and environment activists came together to engage in providing water ,power , lodging ,security and transport to all pilgrims in the Kumbh Mela starting in Nashik on july 14 . According to the reports ,The Maharashtra government has set aside a Rs 2,500 crore budget and engaged 22 departments in micro and macro planning to provide water, power, lodging, security and transport in the Kumbh Mela starting in Nashik on July 14. The primary focus of the effort is on cleanliness. In order to carry forward the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat mission , the state government is pledging for clean and Green Kumbh Mela theme .
According to the authorities, Some 10,000 to 15,000 people have volunteered in the drive undertaken by the administration to clean the river Godavari that runs through the temple towns of Nashik and Trimbakeshwar over the past One and half months. However, the bigger challenge will come when Nashik hosts more than one crore pilgrims until September. Some 20,000 people, including those from 40 NGOs, will be deployed for the cleanliness drive as well as other services including crowd management. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide disposable dustbins for waste that will run into several thousand tonnes. The estimate is that each day, they would have to clear four crore paper plates and teacups.
In keeping with Green Kumbh Mela Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s said “Say no to plastic”, cloth bags with environment-friendly messages will be distributed free to visitors. More than 5,500 people have been recruited to maintain temporary, mobile and permanent toilets across the city and its outskirts for pilgrims. The 5,500-strong team will work on three shifts.
“From a possible terror strike to flooding, we have factored in all aspects and accordingly made our plans,” Nashik collector Deependra Singh Kushwaha said. He added that the five critical areas to concentrate are security, water, power, transport and disaster management. The disaster management cell with its quick response team will be at hand for evacuation if necessary, equipped with rescue boats and divers. Pressure pumps are being installed to divert water along the ghats. No tents will be allowed in the ghats. Unlike Allahabad and Ujjain, where the Kumbh Mela takes place on the outskirts and the rivers have wider banks, the Nashik Kumbh is held in heart of the town. In both Allahabad and Ujjain, Kumbh Mela takes place during winters; in Nashik, it falls during the monsoon once every 12 years.
To provide Security ,around 20,000 police personnel will guard the city and its periphery, aided by paramilitary troops. The state administration has discussed with Devlali Cantonment plans to tackle any emergency. For the better Transport to pilgrims , additional trains to being provided to Nashik . An additional railway platform has been put in place. A train will run every 20 minutes. The administration will deploy 3,000 to 3,400 buses.
“Kumbh Mela is a holy pilgrimage of sadhus. We look forward to their blessings… The government’s effort will be to ensure that no one who comes to the Kumbh Mela is inconvenienced,” Fadnavis said.