Maha Kumbh Mela alert on fake agencies

The Maha Kumbh Mela 2012-13 is more than five months away but organisers are already warning visitors to beware of websites and agencies that promise Swiss-style cottages at the Mela.

According to Additional Mela Officer Ashutosh Dwivedi, the matter came to light after certain individuals seeking to book land for Swiss-style cottages through unauthorised websites approached Mela organizers.

There are no websites issued by the Government for allocating cottages to private agencies, Mr. Dwivedi said, adding that necessary information about the Mela is available on the official website of the Maha Kumbh Mela.

Visitors and devotees would be accommodated in the tents of sadhus, State Tourism Department cottages and the hotels and lodges in the city.

At the 2001 Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, private travel and hotel agencies were evicted from the premises after sadhus protested saying that luxury cottages vitiated the solemnity of the event.

Moreover, while Allahabad city undergoes major facelifts to be ready in time for the grand show, organisers have begun acquiring land at the Mela site. Forty-six villages near the Sangam spread over 20 km have been allotted to the 55-day event which will host an estimated 100 million people. The three days of “Shahi Snans” are estimated to draw as many as 60 million people.

Those events are Makar Sankranti (January 14), Mauni Amavasya (February 10) and Basant Panchami (February 15).

There is no arrangement for swiss style cottage at Kumbh Mela 2013

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