In the light of the situation of COVID-19 in the National Capital, Disaster Management Authority on Saturday passed the order stating that to avoid further transmission of COVID-19 virus and for effective COVID-19 management in Delhi, it has become imperative to compulsorily test, trace and quarantine all those residents of Delhi who have visited or are going to visit Kumbh-2021 at Haridwar.
To prevent COVID-19 transmission the Chairman of State Executive Committee of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in the exercise of his powers conferred under section 22 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 issued directions for Delhi residents visiting Kumbh Mela this year to take operative measures to avoid its spread in NCR of Delhi.
Needful to state the order passed by the authority that “all those residents of Delhi who have visited or are going to visit Kumbh-2021 at Haridwar, shall be required to compulsory Home Quarantine themselves for 14 days on arrival to Delhi.” Additionally, the order states that all those residents who are going to visit Kumbh-2021 at Haridwar from 18th April 2021 onwards till the closure of Kumbh on 30th April 2021 are mandatorily required to upload mandatory details information (viz, name, address in Delhi, contact no., ID proof no., date of departure from Delhi, date of arrival in Delhi, etc.) on the link provided at Delhi Government portal i.e. www.delhi.gov.in before leaving Delhi.
In the due course, Delhi Disaster Management Authority in its order has also stated that in any case if it is found/reported that any such resident of Delhi who has returned to Delhi after visiting Kumbh-2021, has not uploaded the necessary details/ information, that person shall be sent to the Institutional Government Quarantine Centre for 14 days by the District Magistrate concerned.
Likewise, the District Magistrates of Delhi shall ensure tracing and surveillance on a daily basis of all such residents of the National Capital. They should also ensure quarantining of such residents of Delhi, either at home or in the Institutional Government Quarantine Centres, as the case may be.
Furthermore, the District Magistrate, the Divisional Commissioner, and the GNCTD shall be the Nodal Officer for coordinating and supervising the entire process. Given the aforesaid directions.
Lastly, the order so passed also provides that any person violating these instructions will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and under other legal provisions as applicable.