Kanwar yatra: Uttarakhand finally calls it off, UP says on with curbs

In the midst of fears of a potential third flood of Covid-19, the Uttarakhand government on Tuesday suspended the kanwar yatra even as adjoining Uttar Pradesh is squeezing ahead with the yearly custom that sees a weighty development of explorers across states in the northern belt.

At a gathering on Tuesday with high ranking representatives of the organization and police, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami examined misgivings of a potential third rush of Covid-19, the new identification of the Delta Plus variation in the state, and the experience of different nations that have seen a resurgence of Covid cases. Sources said the public authority likewise looked for the perspective on specialists prior to showing up at the choice to drop the yatra.

Addressing correspondents, Dhami said, “We chose to drop the yatra, agreeing highest need to human existence… A ton of conversations were hung on the issue in the course of the most recent couple of days. Our authorities held discussions with adjoining states. The result of this activity is that taking into account the pandemic and with another variation being distinguished in the state, we don’t need Haridwar to be the focal point of the pandemic… People’s lives are our need. We can’t play with that… we will not take any risks.”

Uttarakhand’s choice to suspend the yatra comes even as the organization in UP has begun getting ready for the yatra — “with limitations”.

UP Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order, Prashant Kumar, said that this year, the yatra will be held from July 25 to August 6.Officials said that in 2019, the last time the yatra was coordinated, almost 3.5 crore aficionados (kanwariyas) had visited Haridwar while more than 2-3 crore individuals had visited journey spots in Western UP.As part of the yatra, kanwariyas journey up to or drive to ghats of the Ganga, and fill pitchers with water from the stream prior to making the excursion back to their towns and towns. While a significant part of the traffic is generally made a beeline for Haridwar, travelers additionally go to the UP locale of Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Hapur, Amroha, Shamli, Saharanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Kheri, Barabanki, Ayodhya, Varanasi, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Bhadohi, Mau, Sitapur, Mirzapur and Lucknow.