Gangasagar Mela starts today, lakhs of pilgrims head to Bengal as HC gives nod | Kolkata

Gangasagar Mela begins right now, lakhs of pilgrims head to Bengal as HC offers nod | Kolkata

The Gangasagar Mela, which happens at West Bengal’s Gangasagar (often known as Sagar) Island throughout Makar Sankranti yearly, begins right now and can proceed until January 16. There was a serious cry relating to its cancellation owing to the continuing coronavirus illness (Covid-19) pandemic and the current surge in circumstances throughout the nation amid Omicron variant outbreak. Nevertheless, the Calcutta excessive court docket on Friday gave a go-ahead to the Trinamool Congress-led state authorities to conduct the occasion after taking needed measures to test Covid-19.

On Makar Sankranti, hundreds of pilgrims, seers and vacationers are anticipated to take a holy dip within the confluence of Ganga and Bay of Bengal, and provide prayers on the Kapil Muni Temple.

The court docket confirmed considerations relating to the virus spreading on account of oral and nasal droplets transmitting by river water after the pilgrims take dips within the confluence. Advocate Normal SN Mukherjee, representing West Bengal authorities, nevertheless, reportedly knowledgeable that residents of Sagar Island have been inoculated with each jabs of Covid-19 vaccine and the test-positivity fee in Diamond Harbour was beneath management.

The state additional said that it wasn’t anticipating the headcounts on the annual pilgrimage this 12 months to exceed 5 lakh, whereas including that almost 30,000 seers have already visited the honest (mela) and round 50,000 folks, together with extra seers, have reached the occasion floor from numerous places of the nation.

Excessive court docket’s directions to include Covid-19 at Gangasagar Mela 2022:

The court docket directed the state authorities to represent a three-member panel comprising the chief of opposition on the state meeting, chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Fee, and consultant of the state, to make sure compliance of Covid-19 measures within the Sagar Island.

Ought to there be any laxity in compliance, the committee has been requested to make suggestions to the state authorities with none delay to ban entry within the island, on which the competent state authority will take instant motion. The court docket additionally said that the secretary of West Bengal Human Rights Fee will coordinate with the committee members on the matter.

The excessive court docket has instructed the state to make sure that all individuals and pilgrims on the Gangasagar Mela floor mandatorily put on masks, adhere to social distancing norms and use sanitisers. The identical protocols are relevant for people related to the management and administration of the occasion akin to police personnel, medical personnel, volunteers and authorities officers.

As many as 5 RT-PCR testing amenities together with some speedy antigen testing centres should be arrange in any respect entry factors, together with Howrah and Sealdah railway stations.

Issues from docs:

Regardless of the inexperienced sign from the excessive court docket, the Docs’ Discussion board is sceptical on how the Covid-19 measures urged by the previous will probably be carried out by the state authorities. It additionally said that the affidavit filed by the state on January 6 to the excessive court docket is a mere eyewash to go forward with the mela.

The discussion board has claimed that the medical amenities made obtainable within the mela premises should not ample to cater to lakhs of pilgrims.

Covid-19 scenario in West Bengal

As many as 18,213 new Covid-19 circumstances had been reported in West Bengal on Friday, up from 15,421 the day earlier than. There are 51,384 lively circumstances within the state with the case positivity fee as excessive as 26.34%. The variety of folks hospitalised within the state as a result of virus additionally noticed an increase to 2,444 on Friday from Thursday’s 2,228, in keeping with the state Covid-19 bulletin information.

South 24 Parganas the place the Sagar Island is located logged a complete of 704 new Covid-19 circumstances on Friday of the general 18,213 infections. It is likely one of the most affected districts within the state other than Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Paschim Bardhaman.

(With inputs from ANI)



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