Bhopal, Jan 5 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government is considering insurance cover for devotees attending the Kumbh Mela scheduled to begin from January 15 at Prayagraj (Allahabad), the northern state’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said here Saturday.

He was here to promote the Kumbh Mela and informed that he had extended an invite to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath to attend the 49-day event, widely recognised as the largest congregation of pilgrims in the world.

In reply to a question, Maurya said invitations had also been sent to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi among others.

Queried on insurance cover for the several million devotees expected to attend the mela, Maurya said, “We are considering in the direction to insure (the lives of devotees visiting Kumbh Mela).”

“I have seen several Kumbh Melas at Prayagraj. I have full faith that nobody will be even get a minor injury given the preparations made this time. There would be no discomfort to the visitors. All should come there with their families,’ he added.

Maurya said MP CM Nath had expressed a desire to set up an exhibition of the state during the Kumbh Mela, adding that people from 192 countries are expected to attend.

He informed that more than 1.20 lakh toilets were being constructed for the event.

The UP government had arranged Rs 4,300 crore to organise the Kumbh Mela, he said.

Asked about the construction of Ram temple, Maurya reiterated the BJP’s stand and said a grand temple will soon be built at Lord Ram’s birthplace.

“The court’s decision is awaited. Instead of hampering the judicial process, all parties should cooperate,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.