Chennai, Jan 5 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government has allotted Rs 4,300 crore for creating infrastructure necessary to conduct the Kumbh Mela 2019, scheduled to begin from January 15, the state’s Minister of Excise and Prohibition Jai Pratap Singh said here Saturday.Also Read - Watch: Two Leopard Cubs Spotted in a Private University in Thana Mirzapur area of Saharanpur District

Participating in an event organised by trade body FICCI Tamil Nadu Council, he said, the Prayagraj (Allahabad) has UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity acknowledgement. Also Read - Emerald Court Project: NOIDA Reeking With Corruption, in Cahoots With Supertech, Says SC

The Kumbh Mela is expected to witness an attendance over 20 lakh devotees, he said, adding the whole idea behind the event was to promote ‘spiritual tourism’. Also Read - Ram Temple in Ayodhya to Open For Public by December 2023, Foundation to be Completed by September

“The UP government is making efforts to familiarise the world with high-quality life, conduct and thoughts of Indian culture through the Kumbh Mela,” he said.

Besides stepping up transportation connectivity for devotees to reach the Mela area, over 40,000 LED lights have been installed at the venue, he said

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