Coronavirus pandemic affect: Kanwar Yatra cancelled in Uttar Pradesh


The yearly Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh has been cancelled this year, a senior government official said here on Saturday night.

The development came a day after the Supreme Court said it cannot allow the Uttar Pradesh government “to hold 100 percent physical Kanwar Yatra in view of COVID”, stressing that sentiments, including devout, are subservient to the Correct to Life.

“The Kanwar Yatra has been cancelled by the Kanwar Sanghs on the appeal of the Uttar Pradesh government,” Extra Chief Secretary Information Navneet Sehgal said on Sunday.

The yatra used to be scheduled to begin on July 25.

The Uttarakhand government has already called off the Kanwar Yatra citing fears expressed by experts of a imaginable third wave of the pandemic and the risk posed by such gatherings.

The yatra goes on till the first week of August and sees thousands of Shiva devotees called kanwariyas’ travelling mostly on foot from neighbouring states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi to gather water from the Ganges in Haridwar.

The Centre had told the top court that the state governments should not permit any more or less Kanwar yatra as a result of the pandemic and arrangements will have to be made for water from the Ganges to be to be had through tankers at designated places.

Uttar Pradesh had said it used to be going ahead with a pared-down symbolic version.

Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court which had taken suo motu cognisance of the matter had asked the Uttar Pradesh government to notify by July 19 if it would reconsider its decision to hold a “symbolic” Kanwar Yatra.

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