GUWAHATI: Assam's Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Barua on Thursday announced that in view of Covid-19 scenario, certain restrictions will be imposed with regard to the Ambubachi Mela which will be held at the Kamakhya temple here from June 22 to June 25.
This time, the inaugural programme and cultural functions will not be organized, Baruah said after inspecting various temporary camps for devotees along with the officials concerned. However, like earlier years, accommodation and food are being arranged for around 30,000 devotees at the old jail campus in Machkhowa, the Kamakhya Railway Station, the Boripara playground and the old Maligaon Railway Station, he said.
The Minister further said that no private vehicles will be allowed to ply to the top of the Nilachal hill and devotees will have to walk up to the shrine. However, a special ferry bus service will be available for persons with disabilities, the elderly etc. Moreover, no car passes will be issued this time, he said.
Baruah also informed that as per a directive issued by the Chief Minister, no VIP will be allowed special facilities to offer prayers as soon as door of the shrine is opened on June 26th morning. Instead, they will have to join the queue and offer prayers just like other devotees.
It may be mentioned that a budget of Rs 2.5 crore has been allocated for the Ambubachi Mela.
It may be mentioned that the ASTC will operate special buses for devotees from the Kamakhya Railway Station, the Guwahati Railway Station and the ISBT.