The Kanwar Sangh has decided to call off the Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh after an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh government, reported news agency PTI and several other news outlets, quoting government officials.
The development comes a day after the Supreme Court told the Uttar Pradesh government that it cannot be allowed "to hold 100 percent physical Kanwar Yatra in the light of the COVID situation".
This direction came in the suo motu case taken up by the apex court after Uttar Pradesh decided to permit the Kanwar Yatra.
"The Kanwar Yatra has been cancelled by the Kanwar Sanghs on the appeal of the Uttar Pradesh government", Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary Information, Uttar Pradesh, told The Telegraph.
Earlier, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that states must not permit movement of kanwariyas for bringing gangajal from Haridwar to Shiv temples of their choice, in view of COVID-19.
However, in its affidavit, the Centre said, considering the religious significance of the Kanwar Yatra, states should make gangajal available through tankers at designated locations.
The yatra was scheduled to start on 25 July. The Uttarakhand government had earlier denied permission for the yatra, citing experts' apprehensions of a third wave of the pandemic.
(With inputs from PTI, Telegraph)