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Uttarakhand CM’s prod to kanwariyas: Play loudspeakers at low volume

The Uttarakhand government will allow loudspeakers and DJs to be used during the kanwar pilgrimage in a “controlled measure”, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said here on Sunday

dehradun Updated: Jul 22, 2018 22:23 IST
Sandeep Rawat
Sandeep Rawat
Hindustan Times, Haridwar
This year, kanwar pilgrimage will start from July 28. (HT File)

The Uttarakhand government will allow loudspeakers and DJs to be used during the kanwar pilgrimage in a “controlled measure”, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said here on Sunday.

Rawat said kanwariyas are Shiva devotees and guests of the state. “We will urge them (kanwariyas) politely to coordinate with us for a safer and peaceful pilgrimage.”

“We are already making an appeal to them through various mediums to cooperate with us. If we urge them to keep volume of loudspeakers low or don’t play DJs in full strength, then will they not cooperate us.. they will,” he told a meeting of government officials.

“Kanwariyas are on pilgrimage. We are in their services, it will be a controlled measure and not stricter,” Rawat said while reviewing kanwar fair preparations at August Kranti Bhawan.

Rawat also warned departments to ensure that they get works completed by July 25 as minimum inconvenience to kanwariyas was focus of the state government.

“We need to ensure kanwariyas are provided best of the facilities, with all works to get fully completed by July 25. Kanwariya’s are on pilgrimage to Uttarakhand, so we as hosts have to ensure their comfort and requirements. Departmental officials and kanwar fair nodal officers need to be alert and on action round the clock during the fair,” said Rawat.

On Mahakumbh fair to be held in 2021 in Haridwar, Rawat said this fair will be based on making earth free of plastic-polythene and will be made plastic free Kumbh.

Regarding this local people, pilgrims and devotees will be provided cloth, jute or eco friendly bags in place of plastic bags.

For this saint community representative, spiritual gurus and Mahamandaleshwar of Akhadas cooperation will also be taken so that Mahakumbh-2021 becomes plastic free.

The chief minister also announced that by January 2019, Ganga will be made free of dirty drains from Gaumukh, Gangotri-Devprayag till Haridwar.

A prototype of all the 52 ‘shaktipeeths’ will also be established in Haridwar for which the state government has started planning.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 22:23 IST