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COVID-19 effect: No Kankaria Carnival in Ahmedabad this year

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The city this year will not see the annual Kankaria Carnival thanks to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel on Tuesday announced that the AMC has decided not to hold the festival this year.

The festival. which is organized from December 25 onwards every year in memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, first began in 2008 when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The one-week festival lasts up to December 31.

The AMC decided to postpone the celebrations this year owing to the rise in COVID-19 cases and it would have been difficult to follow the COVID-19 norms including maintaining social distancing.

“As per the Centre’s notification, a gathering cannot be collected at one place beyond a certain limit given the COVID-19 situation. The AMC has decided not to hold the event this year in the interest of the city’s health,” Mayor Bijal Patel said.

During the year 2017, the civic body spent Rs4 crore in organizing the one-week festival while it was Rs5.50 crore for the year 2018. The overall cost touched Rs7.5 crore in 2019.

Earlier the police commissioner announced that the night curfew which is effective from 9 pm to 6 am will be in force till December 7.

The state had earlier imposed a 57-hour curfew in Ahmedabad from Friday 9 pm to prevent the surge of a crowd during the weekend. Later it also announced a night curfew for Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot.

The Gujarat government has also decided to defer the reopening of schools in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. The govt had earlier announced that that schools will reopen in state from November 23.

The reopening was only for students of class 9 to 12 and universities.  Earlier the Ahmedabad Medical Association had also urged the state to postpone the reopening of schools to December.

 

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