Kumbh Mela Inspector General (IG) Sanjay Gunjyal admitted it’s tough to make sure social distancing norms throughout the second ‘Shahi snan’ the place large crowds have gathered to take a holy dip in River Ganga at Har Ki Pauri in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar. “We are continuously appealing to people to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans today. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats,” Gunjyal stated.
“A stampede-like situation may arise if we would try to enforce social distancing at ghats so we are unable to enforce social distancing here,” he stated.
Devotees on Monday took a holy dip in River Ganga at Har Ki Pauri in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar on the event of the second ‘shahi snan’ in Kumbh.
Gunjyal stated, “General public will be allowed here till 7 am. After that, this area will be reserved for akharas”.
The first bathtub was held on March 11 on the event of Mahashivratri, whereas the second will likely be held right now and on April 14, the third royal bathtub will likely be taken by the 13 Akhadas.
Uttarakhand reported 1,333 new COVID-19 circumstances have been reported on Sunday taking the overall variety of the circumstances within the state to 1,08,812.
The lively circumstances within the state now stand at 7,323.
(With ANI inputs)