Kumbh Mela-2021 will be held despite COVID-19 pandemic: Uttarakhand CM

Dehradun: Kumbh Mela will be held in its “divine form” at Haridwar in 2021 despite COVID-19 pandemic, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said.

Rawat who attended a meeting with office-bearers of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) regarding the preparations for the 2021 Kumbh Mela to begin on January 14, said that the extent of the Kumbh Mela will depend on the status of the COVID-19 at that time.

Kumbh Mela officer Deepak Rawat said that most of the works will be completed by December 15. “Work on nine new ghats (river banks), eight bridges and roads being built for the Kumbh Mela is nearing completion.

The Uttarakhand government has given a special focus is on cleanliness during Kumbh Mela. Efforts are on to ensure that there is no hassles on drinking water facilitation, parking facility and removal of encroachments.

The ABAP head Mahant Narendra Giri assured the government that the body will fully cooperate with the state government for the successful organisation of the Kumbh Mela and added that 35 to 50 lakh people are expected to take the holy dip in Ganga daily during the Kumbh Mela 2021.