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Kanwar yatra during covid: SC notice to UP; Uttarakhand cancels yatra
The Supreme Court has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh as it has repeatedly stated it will allow Kanwar yatra even as Uttarakhand, following the Kumbh Mela fiasco, has said there will be no yatra to Haridwar because of covid. The apex court said the people are "perplexed" by the yatra being allowed when covid infections are still raging. It comes even after experts have warned against gatherings, which is the main source of transmission. Every year, this time, over a crore of Hindu pilgrims from the northern States arrive in Haridwar on foot to collect Ganga water to be offered back at their local Shiva temples.

NEW DELHI, July 14: The Supreme Court has shamed the Uttar Pradesh Government which has been for some political reasons off and on issuing statements that it will allow Kanwar yatra that is scheduled to be conducted from July 25 this year despite a raging covid pandemic that has killed lakhs of people, more than anywhere else in the world.

On Tuesday, even as the UP Government repeated the yatra could take place from July 25 with the covid protocol in place, the Uttarakhand cancelled the yatra, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami saying, "even the gods will not want people to die."

"We have discussed this a lot; spoke to authorities and officials in neighbouring States (and) the conclusion was that we don't want to turn Haridwar into a centre of the pandemic," he said.

The Supreme Court, issuing notices to UP, Urttarakhand and the Centre, on Wednesday said the people are "perplexed" by the yatra being allowed when covid infections are still high. It comes even after experts have warned against large gatherings. The court had taken up the issue suo motu.

"Uttar Pradesh has chosen to continue with the Kanwar yatra while Uttarakhand, with hindsight of experience, has said there will be no yatra," Justices RF Nariman and BR Gavai said.

"We wish to know the stand of the respective Governments. The citizens of India are completely perplexed. They do not know what is going on. And all this as the PM, when asked about the third wave of covid, said we cannot compromise even one bit," the court added.

"We are issuing notices to the Centre, UP and Uttarakhand... and because the yatra is to leave from July 25, we want them to file early responses and the matter will be heard on Friday," the judges said.

Medical experts have been warning against such gatherings especially after the Kumbh Mela and the mindless Assembly and panchayat elections in several States scattered across the country contributed to the ferocious second wave of covid erupting this last time simultaneously all over India and at peak time claiming 4,500 lives a day, several times the first pandemic.

Every year, over a crore of an Kanwariyas from the northern States such as UP, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh reach Haridwar to collect Ganga water to be offered at Shiva temples in their native places, back home.

Last year also the yatra was cancelled because of the covid pandemic.

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