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First time in the history of Kumbh, UP State government's cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was held at Prayagraj Kumbh, today. Before attending the cabinet Yogi worshipped at Hanuman Temple at Sangam and visited Akshya Vat. Most of the UP cabinet ministers including both deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dr Dinesh Sharma attended the meeting.
After cabinet meeting, Yogi took a ‘holy dip’ at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati along with his cabinet colleagues and visited his sect of Nath to meet saints and seers.
Uttar Pradesh state cabinet today decided to construct 600 km long Ganga Expressway from Meerut to Prayagraj with a cost of Rs 36,000 crore to provide better connectivity from western districts to Prayagraj. Talking to media persons, Adityanath extended his government's gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union government for extending great cooperation in organising Kumbh Mela.
Yogi said that his cabinet has also approved proposal of Gorakhpur link road project, connecting Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar with Purvanchal expressway. He said Rs 5,555 crore will be invested on the link project. Yogi also announced that Cabinet has also decided to exempt film URI from state GST as film is based on patriotism and sacrifice of soldiers.
He said in 2013 Kumbh at Prayagraj, then Mauritius Prime Minister had visited the Prayagraj Kumbh but he did not take ‘holy dip’ due to pollution in the river Ganga but this year not only Mauritius PM took ‘holy dip’ but more than 3,000 Pravasi Bharatis also took ‘holy dip’ during Kumbh. He said it has happened only due to cleaning of river Ganga.