Third Shahi Snan in Hari Ki Pauri   Credit: File image

Agartala: Uttar Pradesh minister of state (independent charge) for rural development and medical health, Mahendra Singh, on Friday called on Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb at the latter’s office in Agartala and formally handed over an invite from Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath to attend the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019.

Singh also met deputy CM Jishnu Dev Verma at his office chamber.

The ‘UNESCO’ recognised Kumbh Mela will be spread over 3,200 hectares of land with a budget of Rs 4,200 crore. Addressing a press conference in the Agartala secretariat, Singh said that the Kumbh Mela would commence from January 15 and conclude on March 4 in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad).

“The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela organisers have made all the necessary facilities available for the devotees coming from across the world,” the minister added.

There would be over 50,000 policemen manning the mela this time around, along with 40 police stations, three women police stations, 24 hospitals, 20 banks and their ATMs within the vicinity of the mela.

Talking about the events during the festival, Singh said, “Every day, 200 cultural programmes will take place and participants from over 92 countries, including India, will take part in the mela.”

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