ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 12, 2013 (India Times): For the beleaguered Kumbh Mela authorities drawing flak from virtually every quarter for mismanagement and insensitivity towards stakeholders, here's some more bad news. Samajwadi Party national general secretary and member of Parliament from Allahabad Rewati Raman Singh has come down heavily on mela authorities for failing to keep participants in good humour and proceeding with their own agenda.
Singh said "Kumbh Mela 2013 is a picture of utter neglect and chaos in the wake of lackadaisical attitude of mela authorities who are least bothered about satisfying the participants, including sadhus, pandas, teerth purohits, boatmen and Prayagwali Sabha-the umbrella body of local priests which has a major say in the allotment of land to different Akharas and other religious organisations."
Questioning the boastful claims of mela authorities of providing the best medical facilities to pilgrims and saints, Singh said "What is the use of spending so much to construct a single hospital equipped with state of art facilities. Instead, the need is to set up a hospital/dispensary at every sector so that pilgrims are saved from the ordeal of taking patients to the main hospital situated at quite a distance. Moreover, the prevailing cold wave conditions would definitely cause trouble for older persons staying in the mela area who would require being taken care of.
When asked by TOI, how he planned to tackle the issue, the SP leader said he would be raising it with chief minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking his intervention in order to provide better facilities to pilgrims, sadhus and other persons involved in the mela.