Less congregation in Kumbh Mela amid coronavirus scare

New Delhi: The Kumbh Mela, famous worldwide, is witnessing a low turnout of devotees at Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar following coronavirus scare.

Worthwhile to mention that on Thursday  32 devotees at Geeta Kutir Ashram in Haridwar tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus infection.

The authorities have made special arrangements for masks and sanitizers and social distancing norms are strictly adhered to at the ghat.

News agencies said many devotees did not carry their coronavirus report after an inspection was conducted by Garhwal Commissioner Ravinath Raman at the local railway station.

Station Superintendent M K Singh told him that around 10,000 pilgrims are arriving every day for the Kumbh. The Garhwal Commissioner said the railway authorities have been directed to let the devotees proceed to the Mela area only after they produce their negative RT-PCR report.

Those who arrive without a report should be tested on the spot and allowed to proceed only after their coronavirus report turns out to be negative.

The Uttarakhand high court made it compulsory for devotees to bring negative RT-PCR report days after Chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat made a statement that no RT-PCR test report is required to attend Kumbh Mela.

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