The seven-week long ‘Maha Kumbh Mela’, which is among the largest human gatherings in the world, is all set to attract tourists from various countries, including Sri Lanka, Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and the UK. The event is likely to generate a revenue of Rs 1.2 lakh crore for the Uttar Pradesh government and will also result in six lakh jobs.
According to a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) report, the economic activities pertaining to the Kumbh Mela will create job opportunities in multiple sectors. The budget for this event, Rs 4200 crore, is three times more than it was six years back.
More than two and a half lakh people will be employed in the hospitality sector, whereas over a lakh and a half will be employed by various airlines and the airports. Tour operators will also be offering about 45,000 job opportunities. The unorganised sector will see about 55000 new jobs, including tour guides, taxi drivers, volunteers, and interpreters. Approx. 85000 people will find jobs in the areas of eco-tourism and medical tourism.
It is not just Uttar Pradesh that will benefit from this global festival—Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh will also earn substantial revenue from the spike in tourism.
Nine railway stations have been renovated and a new airport terminal has been constructed in Allahabad.