Simhastha Mela area to be cashless

Various banks to issue Simhastha debit cards

Bhopal, December 10, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):   All nationlised and private banks are making preparations to make Simhastha-2016 cashless. The banks will issue Simhastha Debit Cards. Besides, over 100 ATMs will also be established in Mela area. Not only this, but nationalized and private banks would also undertake Simhastha-related publicity on their websites and invite devotees from all over the country to use their debit cards during Simhastha. Banks would display posters of Simhastha at their branches. Besides, information about Simhastha and debit cards would also be displayed through LED monitors of banks wherever available. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Ujjain Commissioner Dr. Ravindra Pastor. Bank officers were informed that about 5 crore devotees are estimated to visit Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv. Entire Mela area has been divided into 6 zones and 22 sectors of which 16 sectors are situated in Mela area. In Mela area, 15 lakh devotees will permanently reside. Besides, the area would also have 13 Akhadas.

Banks should initiate steps for paperless and cashless facilities to reduce risks involved in cash transactions and concretize concept of Green Simhastha. Ujjain Collector Mr. Kavindra Kiyawat asked banks to link their websites with Simhastha’s website. Various banks were asked to partner in 55 services identified by Mela Office under corporate social responsibility. These include rest rooms on Panchkroshi Marg, community kitchens, drinking water kiosks, construction of public toilets etc.