On Wednesday, the Supreme Court has approved Uttarakhand’s decision to postpone the Kanwar yatra. However, SC completely rebuked Uttar Pradesh’s decision to allow the pilgrimage amid widespread worries of a third wave of Covid-19 by saying it was a “little disturbed”.
The chief minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami spoke to Sunetra Choudhury about the yatra, stating the fact that it attracts over 30 million pilgrims who travel to collect Ganga water for temples back home.
Dhami said that the yatra is a test of faith and dedication for the people. Hundreds of thousands of Kanwariyas flock to the Ganga to transport water (in Haridwar). It’s a difficult decision for them to make.
He said amid the pandemic pilgrims will come from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, and other states to visit Uttarakhand. And so, people’s lives are their top concern, and they are committed to saving them. As a result, they decided to stop the yatra.
In Uttarakhand, a new form of the Coronavirus has been discovered in Gadarpur, in the Uddham Singh Nagar district. According to the CM, this is what people should keep in mind and follow the covid protocols.
The officers of Uttarakhand also spoke with their colleagues in Uttar Pradesh, who indicated that infection rates are continuing to rise. CM said that being the host of the Yatra they don’t want Uttarakhand to become a Covid hotspot.
CM further commented that he understands people are sick of being at home for lengthy periods of time. They are now desperate to go. But it is a curtailed time now and it is to be handled delicately to stop the propagation. It must be a collaborative effort.
Talking about the vaccination he said that they have immunized 50% of the population with two doses. In the next four months, they are hopeful to vaccinate everyone.