Updated: November 24, 2020 5:18:34 am
PILGRIMS WILL be allowed to enter the ghats of Ganga to take the holy dip during the upcoming Kumbh Mela in Haridwar only after a Covid-19 test. Facilities of antigen testing will be set up at the entry points in the Kumbh Mela area.
The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting called by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to review preparations for the Kumbh Mela — from January 1 to April 30 next year.
At the meeting, Rawat directed officials to issue a detailed advisory for the pilgrims. He asked them to make arrangements for registration of visitors on a portal and antigen testing at all the entry points. He directed the officials to ensure that people can come for the kumbh snan (holy dip) only after the Covid-19 test.
The Chief Minister also asked them to ensure availability of masks for the pilgrims with support of self-help groups, and make arrangements for health facilities at all entry points.
The meeting held discussions to prepare a plan in consultation with other states to control the number of pilgrims attending the Kumbh Mela. Seven million devotees attended the last Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in 2010.
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