The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday has directed the State Government to increase the number of daily tests to at least 50,000 persons per day.
The Court was hearing a batch of pleas filed against the state and district authorities regarding common shortcomings in the Maha Kumbh preparation. According to them, there is absence of sanitization dispensers, manual dispensers, inadequate number of changing rooms and washrooms, lack of drinking water facilities, lack of testing kiosks for carrying out COVID-19 test, lack of CCTV cameras, and at many places the roads, leading to the Ghats, have yet to be constructed completely.
The Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma stated:
“The State Government is further directed to publish the data on internet with regard to the number of persons found to be COVID-19 positive, and with regard to any death caused by COVID-19. The said data should also include the age group of persons, who are found to be COVID-19 positive, and those, who may unfortunately expire due to the said virus. The said data shall be published by the State Government on a daily basis.”
The State Government is further directed to encourage those, who are coming to the Kumbh Mela, to take their first or second dose of the vaccine at the designated vaccination centres throughout the Kumbh Mela area. Preparations should also be made and facilities should also be created to place such persons under observation for a period of half an hour to forty-five minutes, and also to ensure that, in case there is any person with a reaction to the vaccine, he/she is immediately given the required medical treatment.
The organizing of Maha Kumbh Mela is a gargantuan logistical problem. Both the Municipal Corporation of Haridwar and other areas, and the Mela Authority have to tackle a huge population ranging from ten lakhs to fifty lakhs on the special days.