Elaborate arrangements have been made by Water Resources Department for Simhastha to be held at Ujjain from April 22 to May 21. Arrangements for bathing for 18 hours from 4 am to 10 pm have been made for one crore devotees for every Holy Bath. The department has constructed 35 ghat in 6 zones. Their lengh is 7647 metres and total area 28 thousand 383 square metres. Besides, capacity of over 36 lakh square metres has also been built on stairs at these ghats.
The department has constructed 8 new ghats measuring 506 metres on left side of Siddhwat ghat in Kal Bhairav zone, right side of Valmiki ghat, right side of Rinmukteshwar ghat, right side of Bhrathari cave, right side of Okhleshwar ghat, left side of Vikran Bhairav ghat, left side of Kal Bhairav ghat, left side of Siddhwat ghat. Their total area is 1112.9 square metres with capacity of 5 lakh 10 thousand 200 persons. Similarly, 5 ghats of 496.5 metre length and total area 931.7 square metre have been constructed in Mangalnath zone. Their capacity is 2 lakh 23 thousand 600 bathers. In Dutt Akhada area, 7 ghats measuring 2432 metres and capacity of 23 lakh 88 thousand people have been constructed. In Mahakal zone, 9 ghats measuring 3147 metres with total area of 11 thousand 986.80 square metres with capacity of 28 lakh 75 thousand 840 bathers have been built. In Triveni zone, 6 new ghats of 1065 metre length with total area of 4835 square metres and capacity of 11 lakh 60 thousand 400 people have been constructed.
Routes of devotees’ to and fro movement at various ghats have also been identified. A public awareness campaign would be undertaken for maintenance of sanitation at ghats, implementation of Khan river diversion and keeping Kshipra river pollution-free through barricading of ghats. One of the main responsibilities of the department is to make available level of 1.20 metre water during Holy Baths and availability of fresh water after every Holy Bath.