PROMISES MADE BY THE STATE FOR THE FAMOUS EVENT “KUMBH MELA” WAS CONSIDERED AS “ROSY PROMISES” BY THE UTTARAKHAND HIGH COURT
15th January 2021
As the most famous event, "Kumbh Mela," is around the corner, the Uttarakhand High court, while hearing a batch of PILs, has stated that the state government is not fully prepared with its medical health care system.
The court also reminded the state government to protect the general people from the COVID-19 situation by preparing itself for any contingencies arising during the Kumbh Mela celebration. The court has directed the state authorities to inform all the measures that the state shall take to resolve any health problems arising during the Kumbh Mela amid COVID-19.
The court observed that the number of beds, i.e., 5493 beds with 500 ventilators, would be insufficient as the number of populations attending the mega event would be more than 20 lakhs. The state government ensures that 5493 beds would be sufficient to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state government has informed the court that it cannot close its border and shall take such steps to prevent a large number of populations from attending the Kumbh Mela. For example: reducing the number of buses and trains, providing masks to staying for Kumbh Mela, imposing fines in violation of safety measures, and the like.
The court being highly dissatisfied with the state government's promises, further directed the state to provide essential information to the central government regarding the expected number of devotees, the auspicious days, and various other arrangements made by the state government, etc.