The Indian Medical Association’s Uttarakhand chapter had written to the state’s chief minister urging him to cancel the yatra
The Uttarakhand authorities cancelled this 12 months’s Kanwar Yatra on Tuesday, a call that got here amidst warnings by consultants that such occasions may gasoline the unfold of COVID-19 and needs to be averted.
The transfer got here after newly appointed chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami held a gathering with senior officers on the secretariat. The threats posed by the Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus and a potential third wave, in addition to learnings from the world over had been on talks desk, in response to a authorities be aware.
“Giving top priority to saving human lines, it has been decided to halt the upcoming Kanwar Yatra,” the be aware mentioned.
Earlier, the Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s Uttarakhand chapter wrote to CM Dhami, urging him to cancel the annual pilgrimage.
What is Kanwar Yatra?
The fortnight-long yatra begins with the onset of the month of Shravan (normally within the final week of July). As a part of the yatra, crores of devotees, or kanwariyas, from neighbouring states equivalent to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh collect within the holy metropolis of Haridwar to gather the waters of the Ganga to supply at Shiva temples of their hometowns.
The yatra was cancelled final 12 months too because of the first wave of COVID-19 . This 12 months, on 2 July, Uttarakhand cancelled the yatra, however determined to assessment the order final week after Uttar Pradesh allowed the pilgrimage.
Experts issued warning
In its letter to the CM, IMA’s Uttarakhand chapter requested him to cancel the yatra, particularly in view of a potential third wave.
“After the first wave, we went off-guard and did not follow the guidelines of the central government delineated for this pandemic which was a gross negligence on our part and consequently lost several of our kin in the second wave,” IMA state secretary Amit Khanna wrote.
“We request you to disallow the proposed Kanwar Yatra in July-August, 2021, as the third wave of Covid pandemic is ready to knock on the doors of this country according to several specialists,” Khanna mentioned on behalf of the IMA within the letter.
Others too have cautioned in opposition to holding the yatra, saying it might be difficult to make sure that tips and protocols are abided by.
Anoop Nautiyal of the Social Development for Communities Foundation, a physique which has been monitoring the COVID state of affairs within the state, informed the Times of India, it will likely be unimaginable to implement tips in case the yatra was allowed.
“About three to four crore pilgrims will go to Haridwar in a fortnight in contrast with the 70 lakh that got here through the 30-day Kumbh. The state won’t be able to deal with the an infection unfold post-Kanwar Yatra. A choice should be taken conserving in thoughts the third wave of COVID-19 ,” he mentioned.