The Simhastha mobile app won Skoch Order of Merit award for management of the mega religious fair, at a summit held in Hyderabad recently.
The Simhastha mobile application project qualified for Order of Merit award by figuring among top 100 smart projects and was selected for the top Platinum award in its category.
“The mobile-based application received great response during Simhastha fair that took place in April-May. The app was downloaded 30,000 times across Android, iOS and windows platforms,” said Manish Vijayvargiya, the senior consultant for Simhastha mela management.
Using the digital platforms, about 150 GPS-based garbage lifting vehicles were monitored, and over 10,000 electric poles set up in the mela area were monitored from municipality control room.
The Simhastha website received 12.6 lakh hits compared to 3.6 lakh and 1.6 lakh visitors in Allahabad Kumbh and Nashik Kumbh.
“People used the application for navigation of mela area. More than 2.60 lakh viewers navigated GIS-based digital maps via mobile app, and website,” Vijayvargiya told HT. “We resolved 15,852 requests/complaints pertaining to multiple services and departments within one month of the fair.”
The app has GIS fencing, panic button, geo-tagging photo-based complaints which were a few distinctive features utilized by citizens and staff during a mega event. Simhasth portal used Human Resource Management System (HRMS) for thousands of staff from multiple departments.
Simhastha, one of the four Kumbh Melas, said to be the largest religious congregation in the world, was held at Ujjain between April and May.
‘Nearly Rs 25 cr spent on religious conference during Simhastha’
Nearly Rs 25 crore was spent on organising ‘Mahasangosthi’, a conference of religious leaders during ‘Simhastha Kumbh Parva’ in Ujjain earlier this year, according to a PTI report from Bhopal.
Documents received by social activist Ajay Dubey in response to an RTI query state that Rs 24.59 crore was spent on organising the event in April and May.
A total of Rs 1.93 crore was spent on food, Rs 1.71 crore for providing accomodation and Rs 1.01 crore on vehicles, among others, it said.
Besides, an expenditure of Rs 14.80 lakh was incurred on travelling, and Rs1 lakh on stationery, the RTI reply from the culture department said. Rs 50 lakh was given to the Indian Railway.
One of the events —”Vaicharik Mahakumbh” was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.