The authorities in Haridwar are planning to launch hovercrafts and ferry boats between Haridwar and Rishikesh to transport pilgrims and tourists during Mahakumbh 2021. 100-125 people will be able to travel in these hovercrafts at one stretch. Mahakumbh 2021 will take place from January to April in the holy city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The authorities have also decided to classify the Ganga ghats into colour-coded safety zones to regulate the crowds. A religious theme park based on 52 Shakti Peeths will also come up in Haridwar soon.
Hovercrafts To Be Launched For Mahakumbh 2021
Tourists and pilgrims might be able to ply between Haridwar and Rishikesh in speedy hovercrafts during Mahakumbh 2021. The Kumbh Mela administration has already submitted a presentation to officials of the union ministry of shipping in New Delhi. According to a Hindustan Times report, Deepak Rawat, Kumbh Mela officer-in-charge, has said, “As soon as the permission is granted, steps will be taken on priority to operate waterway services using hovercrafts or ferryboats.”
He added, “Mela administration is committed to making Mahakumbh 2021 a memorable experience for the pilgrims. Using river Ganga as a waterway will be a landmark development and a major attraction for pilgrims and tourists. It will also lessen traffic congestion on highway stretch and on inner roads, in particular during the festive baths.” These hovercrafts and ferry boats can accommodate around 100-125 people. Meanwhile, here are 7 destinations to witness the holy Ganga at its best.
The Ganga Ghats To Be Divided Into Colour-Coded Zones
The Kumbh Mela authorities are also planning to divide the Ganga ghats into colour-coded zones to effectively regulate the crowds amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanjay Gunjyal, Inspector General, Kumbh Force, said, “Pilgrims will be apprised about red, yellow and green ghats. The authorities will not allow pilgrim footfall that threatens social distancing norms as well as creates congestion at one particular ghat.” The administration will decide on the approximate number of tourists to be allowed at the mela to enforce social distancing. For now, witness the Maha Ganga Aarti at Varanasi’s ghats from the comfort of your home: