Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja on Thursday announced that the state government has decided to permit the Ahmedabad Rath Yatra with provision for curfew on the route and a ban on Prasad distribution on July 12.
“With the constant efforts of the health department officials and the Gujarat government, we have been able to bring down the number of corona infections in the state. Right now the recovery rate is more than 98.54 percent and the positivity rate is 0.1 percent. We had only 65 positive cases in the state and not a single death reported yesterday. During the last 24 hours, there were only 2 positive cases in Ahmedabad and the recovery rate was 98.5 percent,” Jadeja said.
“Looking at all these and understanding the sentiments of the public to carry on the ancient ritual, we have decided to permit this year’s Rath Yatra in a limited fashion,” said Jadeja.
Jadeja informed that only five vehicles consisting of ‘Nishan’, ‘Danka’, three Raths, and the Mahant/Trustee’s vehicle will be allowed to participate in Rath Yatra.
Elephants, tableau trucks, akhada, bhajan mandlis, etc are not permitted to participate in Rath Yatra procession this year.