According to sources, the Haridwar Police Department has requested people not to travel to the Uttarakhand district for the Kanwar Yatra. Due to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) epidemic, the state government has already halted the religious pilgrimage, which was set to commence on July 25.
Notice issued by the police, all entry and departure points in Haridwar districts have been sealed, and no permission to participate in the Kanwar Yatra has been granted.
It further said that visitors to Haridwar from other states must complete a 14-day institutional quarantine. “Vehicle of anyone attempting to enter the district will be seized and action taken under Disaster Management Act,” the police notice further said.
On Tuesday, the Uttarakhand government decided to halt the Kanwar Yatra. In the month of Shravan, lakhs of worshippers embark on a difficult religious trip to Haridwar to return the Ganga’s water and present it to Lord Shiva.
CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said, “We discussed with higher officials and with officials from neighbouring states and decided that we will not hold Kanwar Yatra at this time. A variant has been found in Gadarpur so we don’t want to make Haridwar the centre of Covid.”
Subodh Uniyal, a minister from Uttarakhand, stated on Wednesday that faith in religion does not imply that we may mess with people’s lives. “The IMA (Indian Medical Association) has warned of a third wave. Even the prime minister had expressed concern over it. The decision to cancel Kanwar Yatra has been taken in larger public interest,” said Uniyal, who is also the state government’s official spokesman.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh has declared it will allow the trip to continue, drawing the wrath of the Supreme Court, which has taken suo motu cognizance of the matter and given notice to the UP government and the Centre. The Supreme Court has requested their reply and has scheduled a hearing on Friday.
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