Tourism Department facilitates skill development for the festival
UP Tourism, with the help of ‘Manyawar Kanshiram Institute of Tourism Management’ at Lucknow, has started training service providers on etiquettes, hygiene and first aid in preparation of this mega festival starting from 27-January-2013. With financial support from central government, the state tourism ministry has started two different sets of capacity building programmes to train the service providers through Service Providers (CBSP) and Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT) schemes.
Floating Post Offices at Kumbh Mela
The All India Post Service would be available right in the waters. The postal department of Allahabad plans to set up floating post offices at Maha Kumbh 2013 to facilitate the devotees and seers. The plan aims to help the pilgrims stay in touch with the other part of the world and send gifts to their friends and relatives.
Various postal services will be provided to the devotees at the festival site including money orders, speed posts, philately, saving accounts and insurance premiums. “Every time during the Kumbh Mela, the Indian Post sets up temporary post offices to help postal transactions for the visitors who attend the event in huge numbers. But this time, in addition to the temporary post offices, there would be floating post offices as well,” said Sachin Kishore, director postal services, UP headquarters.
The department plans to provide boats which would take the letters directly from the devotees and later dispatch the same to their respective destinations, he added.
Kumbh Mela says NO to Plastic! Go Green!
To keep the Kumbh Mela site free from plastic litters, a team constituted by the Mela authorities is conducting a mass awareness campaign in different parts of the city.
Post warden, civil defence, Rajendra Tiwari said, “We are organising seminars where we are asking people to prepare two cotton bags in every household which in turn would be distributed free of cost to pilgrims coming to the Kumbh Mela. Besides cotton bags, the civil defence volunteers would also hand over paper bags to visitors and tourists to keep the Mela area polythene-free.”
This time the festival authorities plan to make the Mela more Eco-friendly.
November 30 deadline set for festival preparations
Divisional commissioner Divesh Chaturvedi has stated that all work and arrangements for Kumbh Mela must be completed by the concerned authorities by November 30. Additionally, all on-going work should be inspected at least once a week with consequent presentation of its physical report, he said. Chaturvedi instructed the authorities while reviewing the work related to Kumbh at Gandhi gallery.