Dehradun, February 19: Haridwar Kumbh can be held from April 1 and it has been determined to restrict its length to twenty-eight days in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat instructed reporters right here on Friday. The ascetics of Haridwar have been taken into confidence earlier than taking the choice, he mentioned. The SOP issued by the Centre and the state authorities for Kumbh should be strictly adopted by devotees, he mentioned.
As per the SOP, devotees can be allowed to attend Kumbh provided that they produce a unfavourable coronavirus report issued no more than 72 hours earlier than their arrival. A notification on this regard can be issued quickly, Rawat mentioned.
It’s for the primary time that Kumbh is being organised for such a brief length. Earlier, the Kumbh congregation used to final greater than 4 months. Three Shahi Snan dates fall between April 1-28. The primary Shahi Snan can be on April 12 (Somvati Amavasya), the second on April 14 (Baisakhi) and the third on April 27 (Poornima).
With the official announcement of Kumbh dates, DGP Ashok Kumar held a gathering with police officers from different states and central businesses right here on Friday to debate safety preparations, crowd administration, regulation and order and the upkeep of COVID protocol.
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