In Pics: 71 mission heads inspect Kumbh preparations, satisfied

Mission heads from 71 different countries visited Prayagraj and made a first-hand assessment of the preparations for upcoming Kumbh Mela on January 24, 2019.

Delegation comprising 71 envoys from different countries en route Prayagraj with Minister of State for External Affairs Gen.(Retd) V K Singh in a special flight Photo courtesy: MEA
Delegation comprising 71 envoys from different countries en route Prayagraj with Minister of State for External Affairs Gen.(Retd) V K Singh in a special flight Photo courtesy: MEA

The envoys inspected and appreciated the elaborate security arrangements and facilities for devotees set up by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.

Escorted by Minister of State for External Affairs Gen(Retd.) V K Singh, the envoys flew in a special flight from New Delhi to Prayagraj.

Mission heads arrive in Prayagraj by a special flight. Photo courtesy: MEA
Mission heads arrive in Prayagraj by a special flight. Photo courtesy: MEA
Uttar Pradesh Minister of Health Sidharth Nath Singh answers a question raised by a delegate on Kumbh Mela arrangements. Photo courtesy: U.P. Government
Uttar Pradesh Minister of Health Sidharth Nath Singh answers a question raised by a delegate on Kumbh Mela arrangements. Photo courtesy: U.P. Government

Upon arrival, the envoys were received by Sidharth Nath Singh, the Minister of Health with UP Government and a posse of top officials from the police and the administration.

The delegation toured the area and attended an interactive session where they asked several questions related to the event, surrounding the security and facilities for the pilgrims and visitors.

An envoy asks a question on Kumbh Mela arrangements from the adminstration and police officials during an interactive session.  (Photo courtesy: U.P. Government
An envoy asks a question on Kumbh Mela arrangements from the adminstration and police officials during an interactive session. Photo courtesy: UP Government
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster asks a question on Kumbh Mela arrangements from the adminstration and police officials during an interactive session. Photo courtesy: U.P. Government
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster asks a question on Kumbh Mela arrangements from the adminstration and police officials during an interactive session. Photo courtesy: U.P. Government
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster poses in backdrop of Kumbh venue with flags of 71 nations (Photo courtesy: Ken Juster, Twitter
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster poses in backdrop of Kumbh venue with flags of 71 nations. Photo courtesy: Ken Juster, Twitter

Kumbh Mela, world's largest religious congregation, has been recognised and inscribed by Unesco last year as "intangible cultural heritage of humanity."

Flags from 71 nations waited to unfurl at Kumbh Mela venue in Prayagraj Photo courtesy: Kumbh Mela Police UP 2019, Twitter
Flags from 71 nations waited to unfurl at Kumbh Mela venue in Prayagraj Photo courtesy: Kumbh Mela Police UP 2019, Twitter

This time it is being held on January 24, 2019 in Prayagraj and is preceded by Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on January 21, 22, 23 at Varanasi. UP CM Adityanath has vowed to make Kumbh as the most spectacular event in the country.

Bomb disposal squad instructing UP Police of how to detect and defuse an explosive. (Photo courtesy: Kumbh Mela Police UP 2019, Twitter
Bomb disposal squad instructing UP Police how to detect and defuse an explosive. Photo courtesy: Kumbh Mela Police UP 2019, Twitter
An envoy being welcomed on arrival to the Kumbh site.  Photo courtesy: U.P. Government
An envoy being welcomed on arrival to the Kumbh site. Photo courtesy: UP Government
Envoys watch a documentary during an interactive session on Kumbh Mela arrangements, facilities. Photo courtesy: U.P. Government
Envoys watch a documentary during an interactive session on Kumbh Mela arrangements, facilities. Photo courtesy: UP Government
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Pradeep Rana
Pradeep Rana – Senior Correspondent

Pradeep Rana has worked as a journalist with news ​agencies UNI and PTI, newspapers Indian Express and The Times Of India, and television channel NHK as South Asia Correspondent. He has also worked as Media Analyst at US Embassy, and edited several magazines and a medical handbook.

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