The Calcutta Excessive Court docket on Wednesday allowed the Gangasagar Mela to be held this yr whereas laying emphasis on the necessity for ”e-snan” (e-bathing) to keep away from crowding for the holy dip on the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee requested the West Bengal authorities to supply ”e-snan” equipment a small container with the holy water of Gangasagar – to pilgrims on the truthful web site in Sagar Island free of charge and for a nominal charge to individuals who order for it from different locations.
The state administration already introduced that such an association has been made.
The state authorities knowledgeable the court docket that the variety of pilgrims who’ve arrived this yr is way lower than that in different years.
It advised the division bench that each one well being protocols are being maintained within the truthful which attracts lakhs of pilgrims yearly.
In a report back to the excessive court docket, the state’s Director of Well being Providers (DHS) stated that the danger of COVID-19 transmission by bathing in flowing water like a river or saline water in a sea is extraordinarily low.
“Nonetheless, as a measure of considerable precaution, pilgrims are allowed to go for a dip in a staggered method sustaining secure distance between each other,” the DHS stated within the report.
The Calcutta Excessive Court docket on January eight directed the West Bengal authorities to file on Wednesday a report on the preparations made for organising the Gangasagar Mela, based mostly on which it’ll determine whether or not or to not permit the annual truthful this yr within the view of the pandemic state of affairs.