31 Dec 2020 5:59 AM GMT
While inquiring about the arrangements made to restrict gatherings during New Year (particularly of tourists) in Nainital, Mussoorie, and Dehradun, the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday (23rd December) asked the State Government to take all necessary measures to ensure that no harm is caused to people in Uttarakhand. The State Government assured the Bench of Acting Chief Justice...
While inquiring about the arrangements made to restrict gatherings during New Year (particularly of tourists) in Nainital, Mussoorie, and Dehradun, the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday (23rd December) asked the State Government to take all necessary measures to ensure that no harm is caused to people in Uttarakhand.
The State Government assured the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath & Justice Alok Kumar Verma that necessary protocol would be observed by the State on the days of the high influx of the tourists on New Year Eve.
Importantly, the State stated before the Bench that it would take a very serious decision with regard to allowing the national from the United Kingdom into the State of Uttarakhand as well as to deal with the tourists from the United Kingdom who are already in Uttarakhand.
State's submission regarding Kumbh Mela 2021
The affidavits filed by the Secretary, Health, the Secretary, Urban Development and Secretary, Disaster Management narrating various steps taken for efficient and safe conduct of the Kumbh Mela,2021 was placed before the Bench.
The affidavits mentioned that a new SOP is being formulated which would guide in the day to day functioning of various volunteers and other agencies involved in controlling the crowds coming to the Kumbh.
Further, the DMC at Haridwar submitted the report containing various suggestions. The chief standing counsel submitted that the suggestions would be taken into account and the needful would be done.
He further assured the Court that every effort was being made by the State to ensure that every pilgrim that attends the Kumbh would be safely taken care of.
The matter has been posted for further hearing on 06th January 2021 to consider further progress in the matter.
Controlling Tourists In The Weekends And On Other Holidays
The Court considered the affidavits of the DMC of Dehradun and Mussoorie. The suggestions given are enumerated as under:-
The Chief Standing Counsel submitted that the suggestions made by the committee would be looked into seriously and necessary action would be taken and that the government has already taken necessary steps.
It was also submitted that thermal screening is being done regularly and even the amount of penalties has been increased.
Suggestions given by DMC of Nainital
To this, the Chief Standing Counsel stated that various efforts have been made to control the COVID-19 situation as well as to help the public at large.
Lastly, it was submitted that all necessary measures, such as extra police force, etc. would all be put into force to ensure that no harm be caused to any of the people in Uttarakhand.
The matter has now been posted for 24th February 2021 to consider the subsequent reports to be prepared by the D.M.Cs
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