Plans worth Rs 2060 crore approved for Kumbh for Nashik


The state government’s high powered committee (HPC) for Kumbh arrangements on Friday cleared projects worth Rs 2,060.44 crore to be used for the 2015-16 religious event.

The panel, headed by chief secretary Jayantkumar Banthiya, also asked the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and the other concerned departments to contribute their share of the funds.

The committee, including additional secretaries and secretaries toured areas in Tapovan, where Sadhu Gram, Shahi Marg (route taken by sadhus from Tapovan to Godavari for the holy dip) and Ram Ghat (where the rituals are performed) are to be created. They also held a two-hour meeting at the Government Guest House to consider proposals worth Rs 4,834.49 crore and identified priority works worth Rs 2,060.44 crore. Major portion of the work will be executed by the NMC with an expenditure of Rs 1,031.91 crore.

“After much deliberation, the HPC finally approved the proposal. It will now be sent to the apex committee chaired by the chief minister for final approval. Thereafter, provision for the funds will be made and allocated to the respective departments,” Banthiya said. He added that the NMC and district administration would decide on the process for land acquisition.

The HPC has allocated Rs 200 crore to the civic body for land acquisition and an additional Rs 40 crore for taking 278 acres of land at Nashik and 30 acres of land at Trimbakeshwar on lease from the farmers to be used during Kumbh.

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