The government and the state machinery is exploiting all its resources and potential to elevate Delhi to a world class status. The rate of development despite political bottle-necks and bureaucratic red-tapes defies established norms. We all know the catalyst acting here -the Commonwealth games 2010.
I'm exalted to see Delhi's rapid rise, let be it in the name of Commonwealth games. However, I've a question to ask -does the MahaKumbh not deserve the merit of a catalyst to transform Allahabad?
Delhi was lucky to win the bid to host the Commonwealth but none can deny Prayag's right to hold the Kumbh Mela every 12 years and also an Ardh-Kumbh in between. The congregation at the confluence, i.e the gathering at the Sangam during the Kumbh is the highest anywhere round the world ever. A record 70 million pilgrims congregated at the Sangam over 45 days during Ardh-Kumbh 2007. Allahabad breaks its own world record every 6 years for the lergest assembly of people on earth.
Yet the sad part of it all is that, in the eyes of the government these facts do not merit as a catalyst to promote Allahabad to a world class level. Infact, the infrastructure in Allahabad is not upto the mark of many other Indian cities. Hotels of international repute, quality transport service and a desirable law and order are a far cry. The city is very poorly connected by air and a lack of expressways to nearest airports compound the commotion.
The cabinet thoughtfully allocated Rs 3,472 crores for Commonwealh games 2010 in the interim budget. It was justified considering India's pride at stake, but even a tenth share of this budget for the Kumbh Mela could easily enhance Allahabad's infrastructure and stature. Developing the banks and ghats of Ganga-Yamuna could earn huge revenue on the lines of Varanasi.
Now, I leave it to you asking that if the symbol of British imperialistic rule could merit such attention by our government, why not our symbol of Spiritual Supremacy do so?