SC issues notice to Centre, Uttar Pradesh on allowing Kanwar Yatra
The Supreme Court on Thursday took cognizance of the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to allow Kanwar Yatra and issued notice to the state and Centre on the same.
A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman has posted the matter for hearing on Friday.
The Yogi Adityanath government on Tuesday allowed the yatra from 25 July despite concerns raised in various quarters over the risk posed by such events in triggering a possible third wave of Covid-19.
The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday cancelled the Kanwar Yatra in view of the third wave scare.
“We decided to cancel the yatra, according topmost priority to human life in view of the threat of a possible third wave, the surfacing of the Delta Plus variant of the virus and its impact across the country and abroad,” said Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.
“The decision was taken after a meeting with senior officials and considering all aspects into account including the opinion of medical experts,” he added.
Dhami also asked director general of police Ashok Kumar to coordinate with officials of the neighbouring states and request them to take effective steps to curb the spread of the virus.
Despite this, Uttar Pradesh officials had indicated that the pilgrimage will continue this year…Read more>>