Prayagraj: How Kumbh Mela has led to this city's progress

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First Published 1, Feb 2019, 8:37 AM IST
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Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) has invested around Rs 300 crore for better infrastructure and civic amenities in the city
 

Prayagraj: Prayagraj Kumbh has changed the face of the entire city and suburbs. Investment of crores for infrastructure development in the town by Prayagraj Development Authority has not only widened Sangam, public places and historical buildings-bound roads, but has also beautified most of the squares.

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3000 encroachments removed from 65 roads

The squares have been left with artistic sculptures and statues. Encroachments occupying the roads for the last several years have been removed amicably and even religious constructions on the roads have been removed without any trouble. Vehicular transport has been strengthened and roads have been freed from traffic jams due to removal of encroachments. About 3000 encroachments have been removed from about 65 roads in different parts of the Prayagraj town. These illegal constructions were continuing for the last several years.

150 kms of road constructed in the city area

About 150 kilometres of road has been constructed in the city. Connectivity from all railway, bus stations and the airport has been strengthened connecting most parts of the city. About five over-bridges have been constructed in view of the Kumbh at different places and it has smoothened road traffic at railway crossings and places like Allahabad high court.

New civil airport to facilitate devotees

A new civil airport has been constructed to facilitate the  devotees and tourists. the airport has linked Prayagraj to several important cities including Kolkata, Nagpur, Indore, Lucknow, New Delhi, Bengluru, Ahmadabad, Dehradun and Patna.

Railway stations with remarkable civic amenities

Most of the railway stations including Allahabad Junction, Allahabad City, Jhunsi Prayag, Prayagghat, Naini, Daraganj and Subedarganj located in Prayagraj city have not only been face-lifted, but have introduced remarkable civic amenities. It includes construction of new platforms, foot bridges, installations of lifts, etc.

Rs 300 crore invested for better infrastructure

Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) has invested around Rs 300 crore for better infrastructure and civic amenities in the city. Its vice chairman Bhanu Chandra Goswami IAS said that all the roads have been provided proper drainage. International standard has been followed in the beautification of roads and squares.

Several projects are in the pipeline

The vice chairman said that better infrastructure would not only facilitate Kumbh devotees, but would also attract tourists in good numbers in the coming years. He said that several projects are in the pipeline including construction of an auditorium, township in the area and construction of a road for better connectivity to the airport.

Digital payments for ease of doing business

Kumbh and Mahakumbh have always proved to be significant contributors to the Prayagraj district in terms of infrastructure development and growth in civic amenities. The use of digital payment has trickled down to social strata as common people are being seen using it frequently in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. It is a win-win situation, both for the buyers as well as the sellers at the stalls.

Smart phones and journey of digital payments

Smart phones have made the journey of digital payments so popular there. Safe, secure and seamless payment is the new mantra at Kumbh Mela. Signages or boards of QR code, POS machine and other digital payment modes are prevalent.

Income has changed into Digi dhan

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for revolutionising digital payments in the country, a senior citizen said that we are now reaping benefits here. Digital payments are working as value addition and contributing in the ease of doing business at Kumbh Mela. Income has changed into Digi dhan and the wallet has indeed metamorphosed into an e-wallet.

 

 

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