Kanwar Yatra in UP: Supreme Court issues notice to Yogi govt

The Supreme Courtroom Wednesday took suo motu cognizance of a report in The Indian Express of the Uttar Pradesh authorities’s resolution to permit ‘Kanwar Yatra’ and issued discover to the state authorities. A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman posted the matter for listening to on Friday.

“We learn one thing disturbing within the Indian Categorical right now that the state of UP has chosen to proceed with the Kanwar yatra, whereas the state of Uttarakhand with its hindsight of expertise, has mentioned that there shall be no Yatra”, Justice Nariman advised Solicitor Normal.

Whereas the Yogi Adityanath authorities has allowed the yatra from July 25 regardless of issues raised in varied quarters over the chance posed by such occasions in triggering a attainable third wave of COVID-19, the neighbouring Uttarakhand has suspended the kanwar yatra.

UP Further Director Normal (ADG) Regulation and Order, Prashant Kumar, mentioned that this yr, the yatra shall be held from July 25 to August 6.

Officers mentioned that in 2019, the final time the yatra was organised, practically 3.5 crore devotees (kanwariyas) had visited Haridwar whereas over 2-Three crore individuals had visited pilgrimage spots in Western UP.

As a part of the yatra, kanwariyas trek as much as or drive to ghats of the Ganga, and fill pitchers with water from the river earlier than making the journey again to their cities and villages. Whereas a lot of the visitors is often headed to Haridwar, pilgrims additionally go to the UP districts 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.

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