With only 10-days for the Simhastha mela the administration has finally allowed social organisations to run water huts for Simhastha pilgrims using earthen pots (matka).
Earlier, the administration had made it mandatory for organisations setting-up water-huts to install UV purifier and chilling plant. However, with only one-fourth of the 1100 huts functional, the administration had to trace its steps back.
Hindustan Times in its edition dated April 4 had raised the voice of social organisations that questioned the barring of earthen pots from water huts.
With over 300 locations without water-huts, collector Kavindra Kiyawat on Monday urged the social organisations and trader associations to set-up as many water huts as they can. The administration has also said that they will provide space and water free of cost.
President of Agrawal Samaj Simhastha committee Ashok Garg said, “Had this decision been taken a month back, all the huts would have been operational by now. Presently, only 20-25 of the 300 huts are functional as there are infrastructural issues such as electric fitting and water line. Water line taps being 300 feet away from the hut spots also creates difficulty.”
Economically too earthen pot water hut are more viable as each unit incurs a cost of Rs 8,000 as against the cost of a hut with purifier and chilling unit which comes to Rs 65,000.
Meanwhile, private contracts to put 100 water huts with purifier and chilling plant have been given with a sanctioned budget of Rs 1.25 lakh per hut.
While Mahakal, Badnagar Road, Harsidhhi and Mangalnath areas already have water huts, Triveni Zone, from where most pilgrims would enter still lacks units.