INDIA, November 23, 2020 (News Track): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday, said Covid or no Covid, Kumbh Mela will be held in its divine form at Haridwar in 2021. A meeting was arranged with the office-bearers of the sadhu Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) to discuss the preparations for the 2021 Kumbh Mela, beginning on January 14. He made the announcement after the meeting. "The extent of the Kumbh Mela will depend on the status of the Covid-19 at that time. The suggestions of the ABAP and the religious fraternity will also be taken in the decisions, which will be taken according to the prevailing situation. The efforts of the state government will be aimed at ensuring that the devotees do not face any inconvenience," Rawat told the news agency, adding the Kumbh Mela works are being reviewed periodically.
Kumbh Mela officer Deepak Rawat said that most of the Kumbh Mela work will be completed by December 15. "Work on nine new (river banks), eight bridges and roads being built for the Kumbh Mela is nearing completion. Special focus is on cleanliness. Works are also being done consistently on drinking water facilitation, parking facility and removal of encroachments," he added. The authorities expect about 3.5 to 5 million people to take the holy dip in Ganga daily during the Kumbh Mela 2021.