The Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath has cancelled the Kanwar Yatra which was scheduled to start on July 25, amid the fear of a possible third wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came after three days when the Supreme Court had given the time to reconsider the State’s move to go ahead with the annual yatra amid fears of a third wave of the pandemic.
The court said that it will not permit the UP government to hold physical Kanwar yatra in view of pandemic, stressing that sentiments including religious ones are submissive to the right to life.
The additional chief secretary information of UP, Navneet Sehgal said that on the appeal of the Uttar Pradesh government, the Kanwar Sanghs have cancelled the Kanwar yatra this year.
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh assembled for a meeting on July 9 for the preparation and security arrangements for the yatra. Adityanath government had also directed officials to make all preparations to ensure that all the COVID-19 protocols was fully followed in these yatras.
Earlier, Kanwar Yatra also got cancelled in Uttarakhand by state government amids the fears of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Kanwar Yatra goes on till the first week of August and thousands of devotees called kanwariyas travels mostly on foot from
neighbouring states which includes Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi to collect water from the Ganges.
The central government requested the Supreme Court that state governments must not permit Kanwar yatra because of the coronavirus pandemic.