Pilgrims to get passes after RT-PCR test to enter Kumbh Mela site


Haridwar: Haridwar district administration in Uttarakhand has demanded 70,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to inoculate security personnel posted on Kumbh Mela duty.

District Magistrate C Ravishankar said the vaccination drive will begin on Monday.

Ravishankar said pilgrims will have to be armed with passes for Kumbh Mela and these will be issued only after the submission of RTPCR test report, medical certificate and ID proof.

He said 12 cases of coronavirus were reported in Haridwar district on Saturday. The health bulleting of the district said “Dehradun district reported the highest number of 12 cases, followed by Haridwar 12, Nainital 11, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar five each, Champawat and Pauri one each.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up for the ensuing Kumbh Mela. Cameras with head-count software at the Ganga Ghats were installed that will immediately alert the police if the crowd increases beyond the limit.

Measurement of 107 Ganga Ghats has been done according to which the number of devotees has been fixed. In view of following social distancing, the cameras are installed so that if there is more congestion than the fixed number, Inspector General of Kumbh Mela, Sanjay Gunjyal said.


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