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Air India to commence new flights for ‘Kumbh Mela’

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Air India to commence new flights for 'Kumbh Mela'

New Delhi: State-owned Air India will commence new flight services to Allahabad from Delhi, Ahmedabad and Kolkata during the “Kumbh Mela”.

According to the airline, flights will be operated from January 13 to March 30, 2019.

The Mela area has over 1.22 lakh toilets, 250 km of new roads, 22 pontoon bridges and over 40,000 LED lights. The Ganga Pandal set up at the venue has a capacity of 10,000 people.

“Following the efforts by the state government and the cooperation extended by the Ministry of Defence, the devotees coming to the Kumbh will have an opportunity for the first time in the last 450 years to pray at ‘Akshay Vat’ and ‘Sarasvati Koop’.

“Keeping this in view, the state government has beautified all the places directly or indirectly linked to the Kumbh,” he said.

Aggarwal said that the state government is making efforts to realize the vision of making the Kumbh a representative of India’s inclusive culture.

“The objective of this event is to make efforts to familiarise the world with the high quality life, conduct and thoughts of Indian culture,” he said.

Ardh Kumbh is held every six years, while the Maha Kumbh Mela comes after 12 years. The Maha Kumbh is held at Prayagraj while Ardh Kumbh is organized on a rotational basis in the four riverside cities of Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nasik and Ujjain. Magh Mela is held every year.

Under the Kumbh related works, 671 people welfare projects have been completed during the last one and a half years under the Prayagraj Mela Authority.

“For smooth traffic movement, the state government has constructed nine flyovers in the last one and a half years. The Bridge Corporation has created a record by constructing a 4-lane wide and 1325 metre long flyover on a single pillar in 14 months in front of the High Court in Prayagraj city area,” he said.

Ambassadors of around 71 countries have witnessed the preparations for this grand event, Aggarwal added.

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