A plea was on Monday filed before the Calcutta High Court seeking cancellation of this year’s Gangasagar Mela in West Bengal amid the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. The petition has been filed before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj of the court.
Dr Abhinandan Mondal, the petitioner and a medical practitioner by profession, has expressed serious apprehension at the eventual scenario of an estimated 30 lakh pilgrims gathering at the Mela ground and taking a holy dip at the Sagar Island confluence on and around the auspicious Makar Sankranti on January 14.
The Mela is scheduled to take place from 8-16 January and the Bengal government has already put in place a gargantuan mechanism to welcome and manage the lakhs of devotees who are expected to pour in from all parts of the country.
As per the latest figures, West Bengal is currently registering upwards of 6,000 fresh Covid-19 infections daily, which is a manifold jump over what the figures were even a fortnight ago, along with a staggering positivity rate of nearly 16 per cent despite low testing numbers.