Prayagraj: Roadways has planned to buy 5000 new buses before the Mahakumbh so that devotees don’t face any problem in the world’s biggest event Mahakumbh to be held on the banks of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Prayagraj.
In this episode, by March 2023, the department will purchase 1575 buses. Of these, 1200 buses will also be included in the fleet. Preparations are being made to organize the grand Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj from 2019 as well. The area of the fair has also been increased by about 15 percent. The number of devotees coming to Kumbh this time can reach around 40 crores.
Buses will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities
According to Sanjay Kumar, MD, UP Roadways, according to the target set by the department regarding the purchase of buses, 1575 buses will be procured by March 2023. Out of this, 1200 buses will join the fleet. Rest of the buses will join the fleet in April-May. After this, between April 1, 2023 and March 2024, UPSRTC will purchase two thousand new buses from its own source and with the help of some government budget. Apart from this, from April 1, 2024 till December 2024 i.e. in 8 months before Mahakumbh, the remaining 1500 buses will also be purchased. These buses will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. In these, the journey of the devotees will be convenient and comfortable. To buy 5000 buses, the government will have to spend Rs 2,000 crore. At present there are 11200 buses in the corporation’s fleet. Many of these buses have completed their life.
Long distance travelers will get relief
Transport Minister Dayashankar Singh said that according to the intention of the Chief Minister, a plan has been made to purchase new buses before the Mahakumbh. Around 2000 buses have been procured and soon these buses will start plying on the route. The buses which have become dilapidated will be auctioned through MSTC. The amount received from it will also be used for the purchase of new buses.
Bus will be available on every route in 10 minutes
These new buses will be exclusively used to bring passengers from long distances to Mahakumbh. With this, the journey of a large number of devotees coming to Mahakumbh will be easier. For commuting here, buses will be available every 10 minutes on each route. These buses will serve to bring the passengers to Sangam city and take them back.
Yogi government will spend Rs 6800 crore on Kumbh Mela
This time the Kumbh Mela is going to be grander than before. Everything from the fair to the journey will look like luxury. While Rs 4200 crore was spent in the Mahakumbh Mela of the year 2019, the government has kept a budget of Rs 6800 crore for the Kumbh Mela to be held in 2025. At the same time, the fair is also proposed to be organized on 3700 hectares of land.