A portion of the building which was under construction to be used as a heliport during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj collapsed here on Wednesday night. Two labourers got trapped in the collapse who were later rescued. Prayagraj is gearing up several construction works ahead of Kumbh Mela which will begin from January 15.
A new temporary city has been set up along Prayagraj, which has 250-km long roads and 22 pontoon bridges. According to news agency ANI, this is the largest temporary city in the world.
The Uttar Pradesh government and police department has also put together elaborate security arrangements for the grand religious event. Integrated Control and Command Centre and CCTV cameras have been put in place to stay up as lakhs of devotees are expected to converge from across India and abroad.
The UP Police department has also commissioned more than 20,000 police personnel, who are teetotallar and consume only vegetarian food.
Authorities have also advised those visiting Prayagraj during Kumbh Mela to keep their identity cards handy. People have also been asked to keep with them the phone number of any of their family members, who could be contacted in case of any emergency.
Almost 12 crore devotees are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj which will commence by January 15. Canvassed as the biggest cultural and religious event in the world, the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj has been accorded the status of world heritage by the UNESCO. The event, which will conclude on March 4, has been included in the list of ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity.’ Representatives of 192 countries are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela.
During the Kumbh Mela, millions of pilgrims including naked, ash-smeared yogis, will bathe at the union of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati.