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Dissatisfied with the arrangements for Haridwar Mahakumbh Mela, the High Court has asked the government to complete all the unfinished works by 22 February.

During the hearing, officials told the court that 85 per cent of the works had been completed. Work on the remainder is going on a war footing.

The court has also asked the state government to make available the information sought by the central government regarding the Kumbh Mela soon so that the SOP can be issued regarding the Maha Kumbh. Apart from this, the court has asked the district judge Haridwar to submit the details of beds, ventilators, ICUs, equipments and staff etc. available in the hospitals of Haridwar and Rishikesh by 21 February. At the same time, the court has also directed the Chief Secretary, Haridwar DM, Meladhikari and Health Secretary to appear in the court on 22 February.

The PIL filed in the quarantine centers’ plague case was heard before the bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari. During the hearing in the High Court on Wednesday, when the court asked how many devotees come to the Kumbh Mela, the officials said that the number of devotees in Kumbh reaches about 10 lakhs while during the festival the number of devotees reaches 50 lakhs. On this, the High Court directed the state government to put up so many tents in the fair premises that 50 lakh people can live in them. The court also gave instructions to examine the food of the Melaris and Corona.

Under the pre-court order, the health secretary, fair officer and district magistrate Haridwar appeared in the court through video conferencing. During this time everyone told the court about the preparations for the Kumbh Mela, but the court was not satisfied with it.

What was the petition:
Advocate Dushyant Mainali, Dehradun resident Sachchidanand Dabral and others had filed separate PILs to help and provide better healthcare to the migrants returning to the quarantine centers and Covid hospitals and to Uttarakhand.

In the case of bad quarantine centers in the past, the secretary of the District Legal Services Authority had submitted in the court its detailed report that all the quarantine centers in Uttarakhand are in a bad state and no proper arrangement has been made for the migrants there by the government.

Taking cognizance of this, the court ordered the monitoring committees to be constituted under the chairmanship of the District Magistrates for regular monitoring of the hospitals and sought suggestions from these committees.