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Rashmi Ranjan

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  • 10 more servitors engaged in chariot construction test positive

  • Out of the 88 servitors engaged in the chariot construction work, 18 have been tested positive so far

Puri: A day after eight carpenters tested positive for coronavirus, another 10 servitors engaged in the chariot construction for the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings were found infected with the virus on Friday.

According to sources, out of the 88 servitors engaged in the chariot construction work, 18 have been tested positive for novel coronavirus so far.

Meanwhile, a bio-bubble was put around the chariot construction site today to provide a protected and secured environment to servitors of the Srimandir engaged in the work. 

No other persons except servitors associated with the construction will be allowed to enter the area, sources said.

Earlier today, Puri collector Samarth Verma and Superintendent of Police Kanwar Vishal Singh visit the construction site and reviewed the arrangements.

“The first dose Covid vaccination of all involved in chariot construction is over. Now, we are providing them other facilities,” said Verma.

“Only authorised personnel will be allowed to enter the bio-bubble. We will also streamline the process further ensuring that no one violates bio-bubble norms,” Singh informed.

Meanwhile, despite all odds the progress of chariot-making for the annual Rath Yatra on July 12 is going on as per schedule. Of the 42 ‘tumbas', construction of 40 ‘tumbas’ is over. 

Notably on Thursday, eight servitors-three servitors of Maharana community and five sevayats of Bhoi community- had tested positive for Covid-19.

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