Ujjain : With hardly 170 days left for the upcoming mega religious congregation—SIMHASTHA FAIR-2016—the administrative authorities have started doing and talking about the ‘business’. During this week’s stand-up meeting, they not only focused their attention on various arrangements of the main bathing ghats of the river Kshipra, but also visited one of the akhadas to assess the mood of the saints in the name of joining their bhojan-prasadi.

Led by the Divisional Commissioner Ravindra Pastor, more 100 officials of about 16 departments invested about two hours to practically see the ongoing activities at the Lalpul, Bhukhi Mata, Narsing and Ram Ghat. IG V Madhukumar, DIG Rakesh Gupta, Simhastha Fair Officer-cum-Municipal Commissioner Avinash Lavaniya and SP Manohar Verma were among those present. Peoples’ representatives were also supposed to join the officials, but none of them turned-up there. Different works like leveling of land, laying pipe lines and severe lines and electricity poles, construction, cleansing and beautification of ghats are being carried out by various agencies.

During the inspection, the senior administrative and police officials enquired the water resources department, PWD, UDA and UMC officers at length about gentle arrangements at the bathing ghats. The undulating ghat surfaces, mud spread in the river and safe entry and exit were the major areas of their concern. They were also very particular about possible stamped and that’s why discussed new ways and means for the crowd management and smooth traffic arrangements. Congestions at the prime bathing ghats also forced them to rethink on their arrangements. However, all of them finally looked relaxed when they were served famous Malvi food including daal-baafle-laddoo-kadi at the Avahan Akhada.

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