The seven-week long Kumbh Mela began today, and being one of the largest religious gatherings, it is likely to be witnessed by 150 million devotees’ footprint during the event, exceeding Russia’s total population.
The Kumbh Mela is spread over 3,200 hectares, which is bigger than countries like Vatican City, Monaco, Nauru, and Tuvalu. With faith and spirituality in the roots, the sprawling city of colorful tents, inherent civic infrastructures, security shields, and canopies emulates self-sufficient and self-governed wonderland that is ready to cater every need of pilgrim. Throughout Monday, bare necessities tucked in bundles and perched atop their heads, lakhs of pilgrims walked on pontoon bridges to reach the Sangam for the first ‘Shahi Snan’ (royal bath) on Makar Sankranti.
The entire geography of the pious city is divided into 9 zones with 20 sectors and 13 Akharas. Total 95 parking plots including 18 satellite parking sites are spread in a total of 1200.1 hectares land siting total capacity of 5.63 lakhs. 72 holding areas are designated to control crowd shell. Medical and Paramedical Staff of 15 dental surgeons, 150 specialists, 210 doctors, and other 1757 medical members are ready to cure any wrong. 100 bedded central hospital, 11 sector hospitals, 10 out health posts, 25 first-aid posts make up the medical amenities.
5,000 UPSRTC buses from all over the state, 500 shuttle buses to the venue, 247 km of inside-campus roads, 22 Pontoon bridges, and 1,176 signage serve-up the transportation and guidance to the pilgrims. 71 cranes, 137 watch towers, 20 lost and found posts, and 58 police outposts serve the purpose for vigilance. Police strength of 12,000 policemen, 8000 home guards, 20 PAC, and 34 CPMF companies will maintain the security intact. 11,000 sanitary workers and 1,22,500 toilets at the venue will tend to raise the motto of ‘Swachh Bharat’ as high as possible.