Prayagraj: Fire Breaks Out At A Camp At Kumbh Mela Venue

Prayagraj: Fire Breaks Out At A Camp At Kumbh Mela Venue

Prayagraj: Fire Breaks Out At A Camp At Kumbh Mela Venue 

New Delhi:  Fire broke out at a camp in Digambar Akhara, a day before the start of Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. The security officials present at the location said that no one has been injured in the fire.

The firefighters said that The fire was brought under control within a few minutes, as told by news agencies. Local reports suggest a cylinder blast led to the fire. 

Around 10 ambulances and an air ambulance were immediately sent to the spot. "No casualties have been reported so far," Nodal Officer, Disaster Management, Dr Rishi Sahay told news agency ANI

"The fire has been contained and the area is being cleared now," said a senior police officer present at the site. Fire engines and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are present at the site, making sure that the fire does not spread.

From January 15, the Kumbh Mela is set to begin in Prayagraj, formerly called Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela described as,  the biggest "peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth" by the UNESCO, is expected to receive over 12 crore pilgrims.

Kumbh is also celebrated in Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.

Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana told reporters, that for the 2019 edition, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has allocated Rs. 2,800 crore.

Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Information and Tourism in the Uttar Pradesh government said that, the Mela is being organised in an area of 3,200 hectares, double the area of the last Kumbh.

(With inputs from IANS & ANI)