Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday gave the state the nod to go ahead with the Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island but laid emphasis on 'e-snan' (e-bathing) to avoid crowding for the holy dip in view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The holy dip is scheduled on Thursday — the auspicious day of Makarsankranti.
Moreover, arrangements have been made so that pilgrims take a dip in a staggered manner maintaining distancing norms.
On January 4, a PIL was filed at Calcutta High Court seeking guidelines amidst Covid situation with lakhs of pilgrims slated to bath at Sagar.
The division bench satisfied with the same allowed the state to go ahead with the annual fair.