Majority of works lagging, Chief Secy issues ultimatum

The work of electrification in the Mela area is also going at a slow speed.

The CS was told that only 35 out of 100 mini-high mast lights have been installed. The work of providing power supply in the tents and camps also remains to be completed.

UP requests VVIPs not to visit Allahabad during Shahi Snans

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked the VVIPs and other dignitaries of central government, other states and the governors to defer their programme to visit Allahabad on the days of six Shahi Snans during Kumbh Mela 2013.

In a radiogram message on Wednesday, the Protocol Department has stated that due to heavy rush of visitors expected during the Kumbh Mela, the state government has expressed its inability to provide accommodation, security or transport to VVIPs, VIPs and other dignitaries visiting Allahabad on January 14 (Makar Sankranti), January 27 (Paush Purnima), February 10 (Mauni Amavasya), February 15 (Basant Panchami), February 25 (Maghi Purnima) and March 10 (Mahashivratri).

"The state government provides security, boarding, transport with other administration staff to VVIPs and VIPs on their visits. If the security personnel and administrative staff are diverted for VVIPs during Shahi Snans, it could lead to problems in managing the heavy crowd of devotees," said an official. Minister of State for Protocol Abhishek Mishra said: "It is a general guideline. VVIPs have been advised to defer their programme to visit Allahabad on these particular dates to avoid inconvenience and dislocation."

Mishra, however, maintained that the government will provide complete protocol if VVIPs and VIPs visit Allahabad on these dates.

The message has been sent to Cabinet Secretary to Government of India, Registrar General of Supreme Court, all ADCs of governors, Registrar of all High Courts of other provinces of India and administrative heads of other states.

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