Puri: Following the COVID-19 protocols of the Government, swab samples of 60 servitors, mostly belonging to Moharan and Bhoi Nijogs (groups), engaged in chariot construction work for the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri were collected on Wednesday.
Last week, the servitors agreed to the corona test after the Home Ministry gave its approval for chariot construction on the condition that all corona-related norms will be followed at Rath Khala (workshop for making chariots). The Jagannath Temple administration and district administration will continue the process till all the servitors are tested.
The servitors are now accommodated in two Bhakta Niwas and their health check-ups are being carried out everyday.
Meanwhile, the administration has proposed corona tests of the Daitapati sevayats to be engaged in Snana Yatra and Rath Yatra. This year’s car festival is scheduled on June 23.