PRAYAGRAJ: Authorities of irrigation department (flood control unit) are planning to construct at least seven pucca ghats on the banks of Ganga and Yamuna before the 2025 Maha Kumbh for the convenience of pilgrims.
The places where pucca ghats are proposed include Dashashwamedh Ghat, Rasulabad Ghat, Kila Ghat, Nehru Ghat, Boating Ghat, Maheva Ghat and Chhatnag Ghat.
The ghats will be similar to those in Varanasi and offer devotees place to sit, relax and worship rivers Ganga and Yamuna.
Of these, five ghats would be constructed on the banks of the Yamuna and two on Ganga. If this plan is successful, there will be more than 15 ghats in the city. Dashashwamedh Ghat in Daraganj will be the biggest with a width of 60m. The width of other ghats will be limited to 30m.
There are plans to beautify Nehru Ghat near Rasulabad and Saraswati Ghat. Kydganj and Mahewa have also been identified for making ghats on the banks of the Yamuna.
“Maha Kumbh would be majestic is many ways and we are considering the feasibility of having pucca ghats at both the rivers which would not only boost tourism in the city but will also give proper facility to the devotee to take holy dip the river,” said executive engineer of the irrigation department, Brijesh Kumar Verma.
Construction of pucca ghats at Ganga has always been quite challenging here at Prayagraj as the river has a vast flooding ground and the nature of the course of the river is also quite unpredictable. Thus, the proposal of the department has to be quite detailed and meticulous, said the official.
Permission has been sought from the army to construct a new ghat near Kilaghat and Saraswati Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna under the cantonment area. The district administration has sent a letter to the army for NOC regarding the construction.
The department is also mulling another important aspect which is necessary for construction of the pucca ghat as the flow of the river has to be permanent. For this, dredging will be done in Ganga in a 10 km area with the machines removing sand from the river bed up to 15 ft of depth. The flow will be determined by dredging the Ganga twice before the Maha Kumbh following which sufficient water will be available in the Ganga at Dashashwamedh Ghat of Daraganj. The first dredging will be done before Magh Mela-2024 and the second before Maha Kumbh-2025.

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