Haridwar Kumbha to continue for 28 days with COVID adherence

New Delhi: The state government has decided to limit Haridwar Kumbha Mela to 28 days in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be held from April 1. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that ascetics of Haridwar were taken into confidence before making the decision. The guidelines issued by the Centre relating to coronavirus will have to be strictly followed by devotees, the Chief Minister added.

As per the SOP, devotees will only be allowed to attend Kumbh if they produce a negative coronavirus report issued not more than 72 hours before their arrival with prior registration at a portal.

Three Shahi Snan dates fall between April 1 and 28.While the first Shahi Snan will be on April 12 (Somvati Amavasya), the second will take place on April 14 (Baisakhi) followed by the third one on April 27 (Poornima).

Artificial Intelligence for head counting will be done for crowd management.