Rishikesh: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has asserted that Kumbh Mela will be held in its divine form at Haridwar in 2021 despite the practical problems arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, Rawat attended a meeting with office-bearers of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) regarding the preparations for the 2021 Kumbh Mela, which will begin on January 14.

"The extent of the Kumbh Mela will depend on the status of the COVID-19 at that time. The suggestions of the ABAP and the religious fraternity will also be taken in the decisions, which will be taken according to the prevailing situation. The efforts of the state government will be aimed at ensuring that the devotees do not face any inconvenience," Rawat said, adding the Kumbh Mela works are being reviewed periodically.

"Departmental secretaries have been directed to monitor the works under progress consistently. Chief secretary has also been directed to review the situation in 15 days."

As per an official release from the Uttarakhand CM's office, Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik stated that arrangements for the Kumbh Mela will be well planned to ensure that the tourists and devotees do not face any problems.

He further informed that it is expected that about 35 to 50 lakh people will take a holy dip in the Ganga river every day during the 2021 Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

On the other hand, the ABAP head, Mahant Narendra Giri stated that the body will cooperate with the Uttarakhand government to ensure that the Kumbh Mela is organised successfully.