Hearing was held in the Supreme Court today regarding the permission for Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh. After the hearing, the Supreme Court asked the UP government to either reconsider organizing the symbolic 'Kanwar Yatra' or we will pass an order. The top court has directed the UP government to respond by Monday.

A bench of Justice Rohington F Nariman said that as the pandemic affects all citizens of the country, physical travel cannot be allowed. Prima facie we are of the view that this is a matter concerning every citizen and all other sentiments including religious are subject to the right to life of the citizens. The Supreme Court has given the UP government time till Monday to present its views.

At the same time, during the hearing, the UP government said that it has planned to allow the Kanwar Yatra in a symbolic way and in limited numbers. The UP government has also said that it has decided to provide Gangajal to the devotees through containers. However, the Supreme Court did not agree with this.

Meanwhile, the Central Government has also filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday. In this affidavit, the government has told the apex court that in view of the corona epidemic, the state governments should not allow the movement of kanwariyas to bring 'Ganga water' from Haridwar. However, keeping the religious sentiments in mind, the State Governments should develop a system to provide 'Ganga Jal' through tankers at designated places.

It is worth noting that in view of the Corona crisis, this time the Uttarakhand government has banned the Kanwar Yatra. However, the Uttar Pradesh government did not stop this, after which the Supreme Court itself took cognizance of the matter.

Center files affidavit in SC -State govts mustn't permit movement of Kanwariyas for bringing 'Ganga Jal' from Haridwar in view of #COVID19. However, considering religious sentiments, State governments must develop system to make 'Ganga Jal' available via tankers at designated locations pic.twitter.com/oliWcKl0vo

– ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2021

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