To make the experience of those visiting the Kumbh 2019 a luxurious one, the Prayagraj administration is creating a tent city, equipped with modern facilities.
“Apart from the usual accommodation facilities available in the previous editions of Kumbh, for Kumbh Mela 2019 we are constructing a tent city with around 4000 luxurious tents and suits. Domestic and international devotees can make use of this facility. The bookings can be made online from almost all international booking websites,” Commissioner Ashish Goel told ANI.
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The tent city is being prepared on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and different hospitality partners have been selected to provide these facilities to the visitors.
Satyendra Kumar, Director of one such organisation engaged in the construction of these tents, told ANI, “Under PPP model we have been given this contract. As per government estimates as much as 25 lakh foreign visitors and NRI’s are expected to come for this Kumbh. In our cottage we are providing all possible luxury facilities on par with a five-star hotel. We are also making 8 luxurious restaurants. We are also providing guide facility.”
General Manager MS Khan added, “These Luxury cottages will be equipped with modern facilities including Television sets, Wi-Fi, Luxury toilets. It is being made keeping in mind the needs of foreign visitors. Our tent city has 1200 tents. There are three categories of these tent cottages. The largest one has a double bedroom with attached toilet bathroom.”
The Ardh Kumbh Mela will commence from January 14 to March 3 next year at the Triveni Sangam – the holy confluence of river Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Thousands of devotees will flock to the city to take a holy dip in Triveni Sangam.
Prime Minister Modi on Sunday also visited Prayagraj and inaugurated a state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela. He also performed Ganga Pujan, and visited the Swachh Kumbh exhibition.
Other arrangements for the Mela include – railways running four special ‘Pravasi Bharti’ trains to Kumbh Mela in January and coaches of trains connecting Allahabad to different parts of India have been refurbished.
(With ANI inputs)