Ganesh festival: No e-pass required to travel to Konkan till August 12; home quarantine for 10 days

Akshay Badwe
Friday, 7 August 2020

Are you planning to visit Konkan for the upcoming Ganesh Festival? Here’s good news for you.

Mumbai: Are you planning to visit Konkan for the upcoming Ganesh Festival? Here’s good news for you. The Maharashtra government has permitted people to travel to Konkan for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival without an e-pass.

State Transport Minister Anil Parab recently has stated, “Those who want to travel to Konkan should reach there till August 12 as they have to be home quarantine for 10 days as per the guidelines. Those who want to do so after August 12 should get tested for the COVID-19, 48 hours before travel. Only those will be allowed to travel if reports are negative.”

Parab also stated bus service is made available for transporting people to Konkan and bookings had started on the state transport website. “If a group of 22 register together for one destination, they will get a separate direct bus to that destination,” he informed.

He also urged people to people to celebrate the Ganesh Festival, starting from August 22, in a low-key custom.

Lakhs of people living in Mumbai and Pune travel to their hometown, especially Raigad, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and other parts of Konkan every year to celebrate Ganesh Festival. Every year the Ganesh Festival is celebrated in big grandeur in Konkan. This year, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the state government has appealed all devotees to celebrate the festival in a low key style.

Now, the state government has made clear about the e-pass, it will be slightly easier for all to commute to their hometowns as train services are still closed in the Konkan region.

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