This year’s Kumbh Mela is the costliest ever as the Uttar Pradesh government has allocated Rs 4,200 crore for the mela being held in the ‘sangam’ city of Allahabad. The amount is over thrice the budget of the Maha Kumbh in 2013.
State Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal told PTI, “The UP government has allocated Rs 4,200 crore for 2019 Kumbh Mela. The previous state government had spent around Rs 1,300 crore for the Maha Kumbh, which was held in 2013.”
Also, this year’s Kumbh Mela is spread over an area of 3,200 hectare as compared to 1,600 hectare area in the previous melas.
It is already known to all that the mela draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of approximately 48 days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati river.