Kumbh Mela Inspector General Sanjay Gunjyal said that it is quite difficult to ensure Covid-19 safety protocols during the second ‘shahi snan’ because of the huge crowd gathered in Haridwar. He also said that “We are continuously appealing people to follow Covid-19 safety protocols, but with the huge crowd in Haridwar during Kumbh 2021, it is practically impossible to issue challans today.”
He added to his statement that a stampede-like situation may take place if we try to enforce social distancing at ghats, that’s why are unable to enforce the protocols. On Monday, devotees took a holy dip in River Ganga at Haridwar’s Har Ki Pauri on the second ‘shahi snan’ in Kumbh.
Gunjyal said, “General public will be allowed here till 7 am. After that, this area will be reserved for akharas”.
The first dip in the River Ganga taken place on 11th March on Mahashivratri, and the second bath will hold on Monday and 13 Akhadas will take the 3rd royal bath on 14 April.
Covid Biggest Challenge during Kumbh 2021
The Uttarakhand DGP had stated at the beginning of this month that around 20, 000 soldiers are deployed to ensure strict implementation of Covid-19 protocols and peace during the Mahakumbh. While interacting with ANI, DGP Ashok Kumar said that the upsurge in the Covid-19 case is one of the biggest challenges.
Regarding the ‘shahi snan‘, Ashok Kumar said that the 14th of April is the biggest royal bath day for the Mahakumbh 2021. Forces have made special preparations to confront any situation that occurred from 11 to 14 April.
The Union Health Ministry said that the Kumbh 2021 won’t cancel even as the second coronavirus wave rages across the country. Dr VK Paul (Member (Health) of the NITI Aayog) said, “We hope that the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures issued for Kumbh 2021 is being followed properly.”
On Sunday, Uttarakhand reported 1,333 fresh Covid-19 cases which leads the Covid cases to 1, 08,812. The active cases now stand at 7,323 in the state.