Ujjain : This Simhastha Fair will be a different sight that will greet pilgrims congregating at the Kshipra Ghats to take part in the Simhastha Fair that will unfold on April 22 next year. The local administration along with its partner agencies is transforming the once-neglected Ghats into places of divine serenity. For the first time, work of this scale, undertaken by different government agencies including PHED, PWD, and Irrigation Department, has started to achieve stipulated targets with braving number of realization of funds.

Setting the modest targets of readying a combination of infrastructure comprising ghats, parking areas, pipelines, hospitals, tourist-convenience complexes for the Simhastha Fair, the Simhastha Mela Authority and district administration has started work on the development of more than seven Ghats around the Kshipra in the city. Most of the ghat renovation work is being executed through the local Irrigation Department. New Ghats have been developed with a special pathway, made of concrete and somewhere using special stones created for the convenience of pilgrims to allow them to walk about unhindered.

Earlier most of the ghats due to their make, made walking difficult due to the narrow path that had a profusion of pebbles. The site will now be inviting for the pilgrim who can prosper their moments on the ghats. The beauty of the ghats lies in according equal status to all as is the common practice. Work is also under way on another ghat in front of Shani temple, Bhuki Mata, Kal Bhairav temple, Gurunanak Ghat and Pir Matsyendra nath ghat.

Talking to Free Press Executive Engineer PWD, Kishan Verma said, soon the work for Ghat will be started at Kshipra bank near Mangalnath temple. The ghat will be made of special red sand stone measuring 3 inches thick. The stone will be brought from Rajasthan and will be a beauty after completion. The cost of construction is Rs 1.5 crores.

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