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Kumbh Mela duration curtailed to 1 month for first time; pilgrims must show ‘negative’ Covid test report

The duration of Kumbh Mela in Haridwar has been curtailed to only one month for the first time in its historical past in view of a current surge in Covid-19 circumstances and it has been made necessary for pilgrims to have a “negative” RT-PCR test report to attend the mega congregation.

According to a notification, the congregation on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar in Uttarakhand will happen from April 1 to 30, with three “shahi snan” (main bathing) dates on April 12, 14 and 27.

Thousands of devotes take a dip within the holy river through the mela with their quantity rising 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.

Held as soon as in 12 years, the congregation often lasts round three-and-a-half months. Its final version was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28 in 2010.

According to the notification issued on Wednesday, the Kumbh Kshetra (space) covers Neergarh, Tapovan, Bitthal Ashram Marg to Muni-Ki-Reti Road and Rishi-Haridwar bypass within the north, and Narendra Nagar-Rishikesh bypass, the forest checkpost on Rishikesh-Dehradun Road, Rishikesh-Haridwar bypass, Mansa Devi, Billkeshwar Mandir, Tibri Mohand, BHEL residential buildings, Roorkee-Bahadarabad?street and up to 13 km on Haridwar-Delhi street within the west.

In the south, the congregation space will prolong from Bahadarabad-Haridwar?bypass to Siddha Sot Setu and from Siddha Sot Setu to Neelkanth Mahadev temple within the east.

A “negative” RT-PCR test report, not older than 72 hours earlier than arrival, has been made necessary for devotees by the Uttarakhand High Court. Devotees who’ve taken the Covid-19 vaccination can have to add their certificates in an official portal and comply with the rules.

After the Centre referred to as for stringent measures to management the unfold of Covid-19 throughout Kumbh, the Uttarakhand authorities had requested individuals to strictly comply with Covid-19-appropriate behaviour through the congregation in view of the recent surge in infections in varied elements of the nation.

In the sunshine of pointers issued by each the central and state governments previously for surveillance, containment and warning, Chief Secretary Om Prakash on Monday requested the district administrations, varied state and central authorities organisations and different stakeholders to take all mandatory measures to guarantee carrying of face masks, sustaining hand hygiene and social distancing by individuals.

These measures are additionally included within the nationwide directives for Covid-19 administration which have to be strictly adopted all through the state, he mentioned.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had lately written to the Uttarakhand?Chief Secretary underlining the necessity for taking strict measures to examine the unfold of the (*1*), particularly through the congregation.

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