The Calcutta High Court permitted the Ganga Sagar Mela. The Court told the West Bengal Government to distribute bath kits among pilgrims and discourage them from taking the holy dip over the next two days.
Sabyasachi Chatterjee, the advocate who filed the PIL for petitioner Ajay Kumar De, said, “The court has given the nod to hold the Mela after the State Government submitted that this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic the turnout is very low, the chances of infection in moving and saline water is low and a series of measures have been taken to maintain Coronavirus safety protocols at the Mela ground.”
“The Court has directed the State Government to freely distribute the e-snan kits to pilgrims who opt for it on the Mela ground. People can also opt for the e-snan kit sitting in their homes. In that case, people have to pay only the delivery charge,” said Chatterjee.
Ganga Sagar Mela is the second largest congregation of pilgrims in India after the Kumbh Mela.