World's Longest Human Chain Just Hours Away

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Patna: After being assured by the state government that it would not use any kind of force to punish school teachers and school children for opting out of joining the state-sponsored human chain as a mean to promote prohibition in Bihar, the Patna High Court on Friday gave a nod to the Nitish plan is being touted as the world's largest human chain ever.

As reported earlier, the High Court had asked the government to explain why it was forcing school children to join the human chain and was threatening schools that chose not to be part of the chain. It had also asked the government under which legal provision the administration was planning to stop the traffic from Gaya to the Nepal border in order to make the event possible.

Officials told the court that it will in no way punish those who chose not to be a part of the human chain and also assured the judges that traffic will not be disrupted at any time keeping the convenience of the people in mind.

The so-called world's longest human chain is poised to be formed on Saturday when more than two crore people will hold the hand of the person next to them stretching more than 11,292 kilometers from the southern tip of Bihar to the northern parts of the state bordering Nepal.

Interestingly, from its original goal of promoting prohibition in Bihar, the human chain is now being billed as an anti-addiction drive with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again moving the goalpost to project himself as a leader with compassion.

In an attempt to avoid a tragedy like the boat accident in Ganga on the day of Makar Sankranti on January 14, the state has commissioned over a hundred ambulances and an equal number of doctors to treat people from any kind of medical emergency.

The government has also made arrangement for drinking water bottles for the participants and other amenities to ensure no one was exhausted or dehydrated in the event that is to last 45 minutes at the cost of nearly Rs. 10 crore.

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