Every entrance will have a system of thermal screening. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat gave these instructions to the officials in the review meeting of the preparations for the Kumbh Mela.
He said that a separate SOP of the bathing festival of Makar Sankranti should be issued on 14 January. He made it clear that during the Kumbh Mela, the government will not relax any kind of precaution and arrangements for the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Chief Secretary Om Prakash, Director General of Police, Meladhikari and IG Kumbh Mela attended this meeting held at the Chief Minister’s residence. All the officials informed the Chief Minister about the preparations of the Kumbh Mela so far.
Arrangements for the Mela should be held like the Kumbh of 2010:
The Chief Minister instructed the officials to take care of the success of the Kumbh Mela and the convenience of the devotees. He asked to focus on construction of roads, bridges, parking lots etc. He said that its arrangements should be made in accordance with the 2010 Kumbh. He asked the chiefs of the major akhadas to coordinate and make arrangements as per their suggestion.
Arrangements should be made to give devotees a safe bath
The Chief Minister said that arrangements should be made for the Kumbh Snan in a safe manner for the devotees visiting this important event. For this, all the concerned departments should work in mutual coordination. In this regard, arrangements should be made to issue advisory in a time-friendly manner.
Registration should be done on the portal, thermal screening at every entry point
CM said that there should be a system of registration on the portal for those coming to Kumbh Mela. Antigen test should be arranged along with thermal screening at every entry point.
Focus on crowd management
The Chief Minister directed to prepare an action plan for crowd management during the Kumbh Mela. He suggested that other states should also be consulted for this. He asked the Director General of Police to prepare a contingent plan for crowd control.
… then Makar Sankranti bath will be the litmus test of Aquarius baths
The state government is considering Makar Sankranti Snan festival to be held on January 14 as a litmus test for the other baths of the Kumbh Mela. The action plan that has been prepared for crowd management will be tested on the festival of Makar Sankranti. In a way, it will also be a rehearsal for crowd management.
This is the reason that devotees coming from within and outside the state will not be stopped or interrupted in this bath. Following the guidelines of Covid-19, a bath festival will be arranged.
According to government spokesperson Madan Kaushik, the number of devotees coming to the bathing festival will give some idea of the crowds gathering on other bathing festivals. It will also help in preparing and testing crowd management in view of Kumbh.