Kumbh Mela 2019: Over 1 Lakh Toilets Installed, Will This Be A 'Swachh Kumbh'?Updated: January 17, 2019 11:54 IST
Kumbh that has been accorded the status of 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' by UNESCO, aims to live up to its theme - 'Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh' (Clean Kumbh, Secure Kumbh) in Prayagraj (Allahabad), this year. From installing a record-breaking number of over 1.2 lakh (1, 22,500) eco-friendly toilet facilities to training thousands of swachhagrahis (Clean India warriors) who will be responsible for motivating people to keep the premises of Kumbh clean and waste pickers who will manage the garbage, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has done everything to make Kumbh 2019 a stellar example of the Clean India movement.
The biggest festival of the year - Ardh Kumbh started on January 15 in Prayagraj (Allahabad) of Uttar Pradesh at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati, 'Sangam'. The 55-day long Kumbh Mela will end on March 4, with over 130 million pilgrims expected to participate in the festival. For the convenience of the pilgrims and tourists, this year, the state government has laid special emphasis on cleanliness during the Prayagraj Kumbh-2019.
For the first time, the Uttar Pradesh government has installed a record-breaking number of over 1.2 lakh (1, 22,500) eco-friendly toilet facilities with a hope that Kumbh 2019 will be clean and open defecation free. Authorities say, this adequate step has been taken, keeping in mind past experiences of Kumbh, where, inadequate number of toilets led to many instances of open defecation.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has promised that the Kumbh 2019 will be both divine and grand, he had said, 'This time, Kumbh will make history by being titled as India's cleanest Kumbh Mela, the theme Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh' is appropriate enough, to send a swachh message to the world.'