Dehradun: The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Uttarakhand chapter has written to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami requesting him to cancel the Kanwar Yatra this year in view of a possible third wave of Covid-19.
Drawing the CM’s attention to the warnings of medical experts about a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in a letter, IMA’s state secretary Amit Khanna asked him to not allow the Kanwar Yatra.
”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 said in the letter.
“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,” the IMA official said.
Dhami, who met PM Modi in Delhi, has already said that though the Kanwar Yatra is connected with the religious sentiments of people saving lives is the topmost priority.
“Even the gods will not want people to die. The priority at the moment is saving lives,” he said.
A final decision on Kanwar Yatra will be taken in consultation with neighbouring states including UP, Haryana and others, Dhami said.
Kanwar Yatra which begins with the onset of the month of Shravan around July 25 and goes on till the first week of August sees crores of Kanwariyas from neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh gathering in Haridwar to collect the holy waters of the Ganga.
(With inputs from PTI)