Uttarakhand authorities on Saturday allowed states to take ‘Ganga jal’ from Haridwar in water tankers days after the state authorities cancelled the Kanwar Yatra in gentle of COVID-19.
Additional Chief Secretary Anand Vardhan stated that if there’s a demand for carrying ‘Ganga jal’ from the states, then the state authorities will give full cooperation.
“Permission will be given to carry ‘Ganga jal’ from Haridwar through water tankers,” he added.
On Tuesday, the Uttarakhand authorities cancelled Kanwar Yatra this yr.
Haridwar Police has stated that Kanwariyas won’t be allowed to enter Haridwar and the border can even be sealed.
The Kanwar Yatra, wherein Shiva devotees from northern states journey on foot or by different means to gather water from Ganga in Haridwar to supply it at Shiva temples of their areas, is about to start from July 25.
Earlier, the Central authorities additionally filed an affidavit earlier than the Supreme Court and stated that state governments should not allow the motion of ‘Kanwariyas’, nonetheless, contemplating the age-old customs and spiritual sentiments hooked up, States should develop a system to make ‘Ganga Jal’ out there by way of tankers at designated areas.
The high court docket was listening to a case the place it took suo motu cognizance of the choice of the Uttar Pradesh authorities to permit Kanwar Yatra amid COVID-19 and requested the Centre, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to make clear their stand on the difficulty.
On Friday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta showing for Centre advised the highest court docket that so far as the Kanwar Yatra is worried, the State Governments “must not” allow motion of ‘Kanwariyas’ for bringing Ganga Jal from Haridwar to the Shiv temples to do ‘Abhishekam’ within the native Shiv Temples view of COVID-19 disaster.