The Uttarakhand High Court has asked the Uttarakhand government to re-submit an affidavit by December 9 on preparations for the Kumbh Mela since it was not satisfied with the affidavit of the state government filed on Wednesday.
The High Court has clearly stated that the government should contact the Kumbh Mela officer to find out what deficiencies have remained in the preparations for the fair. The court has also directed the government to mention in the affidavit how the shortcomings can be overcome. The Mela begins in Haridwar in early January 2021 and ends in April.
In the previous hearing, the Court had asked the state government what arrangements have been made by the state government regarding the preparations for the Kumbh Mela to be held in 2021. In this regard, the state government has filed an affidavit in the court on Wednesday.
At the same time, hearing a PIL filed in the case of quarantine centers, the court asked the government what arrangements have been made in Nainital and Dehradun to check the increasing number of tourists coming to those cities. The court asked the government why are coronavirus cases increasing in the state?
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Malimath (Acting) and Justice Ravindra Maithani was hearing a public interest petition filed by Dehradun resident Sachchidananda Dabral and advocate Dushyant Mainali.
Dushyant Mainali and Sachchidananda had filed separate PILs in the High Court to help the migrants returning to Uttarakhand and to provide better health facilities to quarantine centers and Covid hospitals.
During the earlier hearing, the Secretary of District Legal Services Authority had submitted his detailed report in the case of poor condition of quarantine centers which states that all the quarantine centers in Uttarakhand are in unpleasant conditions.
Taking cognisance of this, the court ordered the district-wise monitoring committees to be chaired by the district magistrates for regular monitoring of hospitals and sought suggestions from these committees.