Advertisement
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Over 3 Lakh Pilgrims Reach Gangasagar Mela, Subjected To RT-PCR Test

RT-PCR tests were conducted on the pilgrims as part of the measures to check the spread of the virus at Gangasagar Mela.

Over 3 Lakh Pilgrims Reach Gangasagar Mela, Subjected To RT-PCR Test
Pilgrims undergo RT-PCR tests at various embarkation points on the way to Sagar Island.
Over 3 Lakh Pilgrims Reach Gangasagar Mela, Subjected To RT-PCR Test
outlookindia.com
2022-01-14T09:55:31+05:30

Over three lakh pilgrims have reached Sagar Island on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, and 0.63 per cent of them tested positive for Covid-19, an official said on Thursday.

A senior official of South 24 Parganas district administration said that the two-member committee formed by the Calcutta High Court to monitor adherence to COVID-19 norms at the fair inspected the site during the day.

The committee, comprising Retd Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay and a member of state legal services authority, asked the administration to prevent overcrowding, the official said. A total of 3.2 lakh pilgrims from West Bengal and elsewhere in the country have undergone RT-PCR tests at various embarkation points on the way to Sagar Island and only 0.63 per cent were reported covid positive, the official said.

State power minister Arup Biswas and women and child development minister Shashi Panja were camping at the spot, coordinating with the district magistrate and other officers to ensure that the fair passes off smoothly, he said. He also stated that the number of pilgrims thronging the island is relatively less compared to the previous years.

Shankaracharya of Puri, Nischalananda Saraswati, who visited the island, told reporters that unfair attempts to politicise the pandemic situation and the holy event have been made. He said that he and other seers were following the guidelines laid down by the government.

Three women pilgrims were separately airlifted to a Howrah hospital from the islands due to medical emergencies. While two of them - Gita Devi and Reena Krishna - are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively, Swarnalata Mondal hailed from Sagar Island itself.

Every year, pilgrims from various parts of the country and abroad gather at Sagar Island, about 100 km from Kolkata, to take a holy dip on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti which falls on Friday this year. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the devotees to abide by COVID-19 protocols.

With inputs from PTI.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

More from

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement