“Kumbh Mela” logistics challenges in Allahabad, India

An article in the Financial Times (March 3,2013) describes the challenges faced by authorities in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela, a pilgrimage spot for 80 to 100 million Hindus who arrive over two months, from January to mid March 2013. With 100,000 workers building 165 kms of roads, 18 bridges, fresh water connections, toilets, 200,000 electrical connections, and a tent city for 2 million pilgrims, the logistics are formidable. Is the commitment to pilgrims and their comfort a key motivator to getting the task done ? Does the successful execution of the logistics in the poorest state in India suggest the capability for solving major logistics problems across the country ? Are the logistics lessons to organize logistics for such voluntary collections of pilgrims the same as disaster logistics or are they different ?

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One Response to “Kumbh Mela” logistics challenges in Allahabad, India

  1. natmystic says:

    Excellent questions and I certainly think so. The representative from the World Bank, Onno Ruhl, certainly thinks it could be a model for Uttar Pradesh to follow up on. Plus the Harvard Group doing research out there certainly hope to find data applicable to other situations, like disaster relief I imagine. However, whether it expresses itself in a grassroots revolution for Indian political efficiency, in UP, I doubt it.

    There’s good articles by The Washington Post and also The Harvard Study can be found at their blog mappingthemela.wordpress.com

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