LUCKNOW: Kanwar associations in Uttar Pradesh determined to name off this 12 months’s kanwar yatra on Saturday in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and specialists’ warning a few third wave within the coming months. The transfer got here after talks with state authorities representatives, sources stated.
Extra chief secretary (data) Navneet Sehgal confirmed that the yatra was referred to as off for the second consecutive 12 months after an enchantment by the UP authorities.
Undertaken yearly by devotees of Lord Shiva to deliver water from sacred rivers — primarily the Ganga in Haridwar — to supply it to the deity within the month of Shravan, the yatra was cancelled final 12 months by each UP and Uttarakhand due to the pandemic.
This 12 months, too, Uttarakhand cancelled it after drawing flak over holding Kumbh early this 12 months. Nevertheless, UP wished to organise it in accordance with Covid protocols. The Supreme Court docket then took suo motu cognizance of the problem and served a discover to the UP authorities.
On Friday, a Supreme Court docket bench led by Justice RF Nariman had directed the UP authorities to rethink its resolution to permit the annual non secular yatra, scheduled to begin from July 25. Advising the UP authorities towards permitting even a symbolic yatra in mild of the pandemic, the SC went on to say that if the federal government didn’t name it off, the court docket can be pressured to move an order. To this, the federal government had stated that “if” the yatra happened, it will occur in accordance with Covid-19 protocols and “with the consent of kanwar associations”.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath subsequently instructed further chief secretary Awanish Awasthi and DGP Mukul Goel to speak to Kanwar associations to succeed in a closing resolution earlier than the federal government filed an affidavit earlier than the Supreme Court docket on Monday.
Uttarakhand was earlier pressured to droop the Char Dham Yatra after the excessive court docket had pulled it up for permitting the Kumbh Mela in the midst of the second wave.