On the Haridwar Kumbh Mela pilgrims now have to point out a COVID-19 “adverse” report. The RT-PCR take a look at report has been made obligatory for individuals to attend the mega non secular congregation. The period of Kumbh Mela has additionally been curtailed to only one month for the primary time in its historical past in view of a current surge in COVID-19 instances. In keeping with a notification, the congregation on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar will happen from April 1 to 30, There are three “shahi snan” or main bathing dates on April 12, 14 and 27.
Hundreds of devotes take a dip within the Ganga through the Kumbh Mela with their quantity growing manifold on the times of “shahi snan”. Authorities additionally anticipate heavy turnouts on the events of Chaitra Pratipada on April 13 and Ram Navami on April 21.
Mahakumbh, held as soon as in 12 years, often lasts round three-and-a-half months. Its final version was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28 in 2010. In keeping with the notification issued on Wednesday, the Kumbh Kshetra (space) covers Neergarh, Tapovan, Bitthal Ashram Marg to Muni-Ki-Reti Highway and Rishi-Haridwar bypass within the north, and Narendra Nagar-Rishikesh bypass, the forest checkpost on Rishikesh-Dehradun Highway, Rishikesh-Haridwar bypass, Mansa Devi, Billkeshwar Mandir, Tibri Mohand, BHEL residential buildings, Roorkee-Bahadarabad street and as much as 13 km on Haridwar-Delhi street within the west.
Within the south, the congregation space will lengthen from Bahadarabad-Haridwar bypass to Siddha Sot Setu and from Siddha Sot Setu to Neelkanth Mahadev temple within the east.
A “adverse” RT-PCR take a look at report, not older than 72 hours earlier than arrival, has been made obligatory for devotees by the Uttarakhand Excessive Court docket. Devotees who’ve taken the COVID-19 vaccine must add their certificates in an official portal and comply with the rules.
After the Centre referred to as for stringent measures to regulate the unfold of COVID-19 throughout Kumbh, the Uttarakhand authorities had requested individuals to strictly comply with the rules. Within the gentle of pointers issued by each the central and state governments prior to now for surveillance, containment and warning, Chief Secretary Om Prakash on Monday requested the district administrations, numerous state and central authorities organisations and different stakeholders to take all needed measures to make sure carrying of face masks, sustaining hand hygiene and social distance by individuals.
Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had just lately written to the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary underlining the necessity for taking strict measures to verify the unfold of the pandemic, particularly through the Mahakumbh.