Kumbh Mela is undoubtedly the biggest religious convention in India, attracting devotees from all over the world. In fact, the 2019 Kumbh Mela, starting on January 15 in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, is being considered as the largest human gathering in the world. The 2019 Kumbh Mela is estimated to witness a record footfall of around 12 crore pilgrims, according to the prediction by the Urban Development Ministry.
However, the huge amount of waste left behind by the attendees every year has drawn controversy time and again, with questions raised about the shoddy management. But this time, the state government has decided to take a serious stance against pollution and mismanagement. Presently, the ‘Swachh Kumbh-2019’ scheme is being implemented under strict supervision to ensure the best Kumbh Mela experience in history. One of the initiatives which deserve a lot of appreciation includes the employment of 11,400 sanitary workers, reports The Times Of India. In addition, the Prayagraj Mela Authority is resorting to innovative technology like garbage compactors and trash disposal vehicles that can be monitored by GPS.
Measures taken for Swachh Kumbh 2019
The venue for this 49-day long religious congregation is 3200 hectares wide, which has been divided into 20 sectors for better management. Mela Adhikari 2019 Rajeev Rai informed The Times Of India that the 20 sectors would be linked by a 250 km road. Every day, divided into 950 teams, the 11,400 sanitary workers would make sure that these roads remain spick-and-span. The workers would also regularly clean the offices, camps, ghats and public utilities including the toilets. Reportedly, over 1 lakh makeshift toilets are being installed at the event venue.
Garbage compactors and GPS-fitted tipper vans
For the first time, the Mela authorities are introducing over 20,000 liner bag dustbins instead of large garbage cans, as these trash bags ensure hassle-free cleaning and instant reuse.
40 garbage compactors, two in each sector, would be deployed. For collection and proper disposal of the garbage, six tipper vans would be active in the Mela grounds.
“These tipper vans would be fitted with GPS trackers so that we can keep a check on their movement. Depending on the requirement, we might even increase their frequency,” Rai shared. He also added that they are planning a number of measures to increase public awareness about maintaining cleanliness in the Mela. Posters and banners would be put up and Nukad nataks would be organised for the same.
The Kumbh Mela website, 24X7 telephone helpline and social media pages launched for the public must be mentioned. The website offers every bit of information about the event, just a click away. With a fast response rate to any query, the Kumbh Facebook page has also gained much popularity.