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Calcutta High Court allows Gangasagar Mela but imposes strict conditions

Lawstreet Journal 12 Jan 2022 7:51pm

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The Calcutta High Court on 10th January modified certain conditions imposed earlier while allowing the State Government to hold this year's, Gangasagar Mela. The court has permitted the mela amidst the fresh surge in Covid-19 cases in West Bengal. 

The Mela is one of the largest human congregations in the world. It is just the second after the Kumb. It takes place every year during the festivals of Makkar Sankranti/ Lohri/ Pongal etc.

The surge of Covid-19 cases in India hasn't left West Bengal's South 24 Parganas untouched. The surge had created many apprehensions of Mela during 2022. Now, the same is allowed to be conducted by the Calcutta High Court (The high court holds jurisdiction over West Bengal). 

The High Court has permitted the Mela with some conditions. The same are as follows. 

(1) The competent authority of the State will take a decision to issue the Notification in terms of Section 3 of the Gangasagar Mela Act, 1976 declaring the Sagar Island as a "Notified area" within a period of 24 hours from the pronouncement of this order. 

(2) The Home Secretary of the State of West Bengal will ensure that the restrictions, especially the restriction No. 10 contained in the order dated 02nd January 2022 issued by the State is duly implemented without any lapse in Gangasagar Island during the Mela period.

3) The Home Secretary of the State will issue advertisements in the daily newspapers having wide circulation in the State of West Bengal and also through the electronic media making the… Continue Reading...

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