Over three lakh pilgrims have reached Sagar Island on the event of Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip on the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, and 0.63 per cent of them examined optimistic for Covid-19, an official mentioned on Thursday.
RT-PCR exams have been carried out on the pilgrims as a part of the measures to test the unfold of the virus at Gangasagar Mela. A senior official of South 24 Parganas district administration mentioned that the two-member committee fashioned by the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom to observe adherence to COVID-19 norms on the honest inspected the positioning through the day.
The committee, comprising Retd Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay and a member of state authorized providers authority, requested the administration to forestall overcrowding, the official mentioned. A complete of three.2 lakh pilgrims from West Bengal and elsewhere within the nation have undergone RT-PCR exams at numerous embarkation factors on the way in which to Sagar Island and solely 0.63 per cent have been reported covid optimistic, the official mentioned.
State energy minister Arup Biswas and girls and youngster growth minister Shashi Panja have been tenting on the spot, coordinating with the district Justice of the Peace and different officers to make sure that the honest passes off easily, he mentioned. He additionally acknowledged that the variety of pilgrims thronging the island is comparatively much less in comparison with the earlier years.
Shankaracharya of Puri, Nischalananda Saraswati, who visited the island, advised reporters that unfair makes an attempt to politicise the pandemic scenario and the holy occasion have been made. He mentioned that he and different seers have been following the rules laid down by the federal government.
Three ladies pilgrims have been individually airlifted to a Howrah hospital from the islands as a consequence of medical emergencies. Whereas two of them – Gita Devi and Reena Krishna – are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively, Swarnalata Mondal hailed from Sagar Island itself. Yearly, pilgrims from numerous components of the nation and overseas collect at Sagar Island, about 100 km from Kolkata, to take a holy dip on the auspicious event of Makar Sankranti which falls on Friday this 12 months.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the devotees to abide by COVID-19 protocols.