Three tent cities being built to accommodate 60 thousand people during Prakash Parv in Patna

PATNA: The three tent cities coming up at Gandhi Maidan, Bypass Road and Kangan Ghat for 350th Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh are expected to accommodate about 60,000 devotees.

The tent city at Gandhi Maidan, spread over 61 acres, would house 30,000 people while the one near Gurdwara Kangan Ghat (10 acres) and Bypass (60 acres) would house 5,000 and 20,000 people, respectively. The numbers may go up. They have been asked to make arrangements for December 25-January 7 period.

At Gandhi Maidan, three buildings are being constructed in half the ground as the other half will have a makeshift gurdwara. They are all-weather tents which can brave wind and rain. They are fire-resistant as well. The buildings are of different sizes. One of them has 48 blocks, each having four parts. Two buildings will have individual beds while the third one will have bunk beds. The folding cots would be made available with mattresses and blankets for free on first-come-first-serve basis. Room heaters would also be available. Similar infra is being created in other two tent cities.

 The Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Patna Saheb Prabandhak Committee will run round-the-clock ‘langar’ in all the tent cities. It is learnt that many Sikh ‘saints’ have already registered themselves with the committee for providing free langar. ROs and water purifiers are also being installed in the tent cities.

The washrooms will have warm water facility. About 1300 prefabricated toilets are being set up at Gandhi Maidan with waste outlets attached to soak pits, to be cleaned by the contractor’s employees. Six suction machines with 4000 litres capacity each would be installed at the tent cities. The contractor building these tent cities will provide waste management manpower. They will collect the waste and dump it in a yard identified by the authorities. Around 120 personnel will be deployed at Gandhi Maidan for housekeeping.
Halogen bulbs are being used for lighting purpose. Adequate fire safety arrangements are being made as per the guidelines specified under Bihar Fire Service Act.

Medical lounges will also be built at the tent cities. The tourism department officials said a private hospital of the city has volunteered for the same and things would be finalised soon. The government is already in talks with a few banks to install ATMs at the tent cities. There would be at least one security tower, besides other security booths. A space will be provided to the district administration team in each of the tent cities.

Source: TOI

 

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