The Union Ministry of Finance has sanctioned Rs 325 crore to the Uttarakhand government for Kumbh Mela 2021, which kickstarts on Thursday (April 1).
As per a statement from Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s office, an amount of Rs 80 crore has also been sanctioned for the restructuring of the water supply scheme of Mussoorie city.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance under the “Special Assistance Scheme to States for Capital Expenditure” sanctioned an amount of Rs 112 crore 50 lakhs to Uttarakhand as the second installment. “Under this, an amount of Rs 675 crore has been released to Uttarakhand so far,” the CMO said.
Expressing gratitude to the Centre for the financial approvals, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said, “Uttarakhand is moving towards development with the guidance of the Prime Minister and the support of the Central Government”.
The Haridwar Kumbh on the banks of river Ganga in Uttarakhand will take place from April 1 to April 30 with three ‘Shahi Snan’ (Holi Dip) to take place on April 12, 14, and 27. Kumbh is held periodically at four different locations in India (Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain) every four years.
Over 10,000 paramilitary staff included those from CRPF and ITBP have been deployed on Kumbh duty to conduct the event successfully while ensuring strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocol.
(With ANI inputs)
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