The Allahabad High Court today said that it will monitor the progress of work relating to Ardh Kumbh Mela, scheduled to be held here in January 2019. A bench comprising Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Varma also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to submit a status report on the work completed by various departments for the Ardh Kumbh within six weeks. It passed the order on a PIL filed by Srikant Tripathi of Allahabad. Additional Advocate General Ajit Kumar Singh informed the bench that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently laid down the foundation stone of various development projects and funds have also been released for the same. However, A K Pandey, advocate for the petitioner, pointed out to the bench that no work has yet been started by any of the departments. The matter has now been fixed for further hearing on October 25, 2017. The Ardh Kumbh is a religious congregation held after every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad where millions of people take a holy dip in the Ganga river.
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