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Ghaziabad schools, colleges to be closed from Aug 5-9 for Kanwar Yatra

The Ghaziabad administration officials said all schools, both private- and- government-run, have been asked to postpone term examinations scheduled for the period.

noida Updated: Aug 04, 2018 09:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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People participate in 'kanwar yatra' on the first day of Sawan month, in Jabalpur on July 28.(PTI Photo)

In view the movement of nearly 50 lakh Kanwariyas through western Uttar Pradesh — including Ghaziabad — in the coming days, the Ghaziabad district administration has decided to shut all schools and colleges between August 5 and August 9.

The Ghaziabad administration officials said all schools, both private- and- government-run, have been asked to postpone term examinations scheduled for the period.

Additional district magistrate (city) Himanshu Gautam said, “The district magistrate has made it clear that any examination during the five-day period will have to be postponed. Schools and colleges shall remain closed between August 5 and August 9.”

Officials added that traffic diversions will remain in place from August 1-10 for the Kanwar Yatra.

“August 5 is a Sunday and August 9 is a gazetted holiday,” he maintained.

Officials said that all the meat shops on the Kanwar route in the district have already been shut and all liquor shops along the kanwar route will be closed from August 7 till the Kanwar Yatra gets over.

Traffic police officers said the internal traffic on city roads has not been diverted so far since the number of Kanwariyas is fewer than the previous years.

“In the coming days, the number of Kanwariyas and the vehicles accompanying them will increase. So anyone who wants to travel from Ghaziabad city to trans-Hindon areas will have to use the three crossings — Raj Nagar Extension, Meerut-crossing and Mohan Nagar. All other parts of major roads will remain blocked,” said SN Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).

Commuters travelling to Noida via NH-58 to NH-24 Link Road will be able to approach NH-24 but will not be allowed to use the other side of the road while returning from Noida.

So, they have been asked to follow the route from Mohan Nagar.

According to official estimates, Ghaziabad district has nearly 100km of the Kanwar Yatra route from UP Gate to Meerut-crossing, Mohan Nagar to Delhi-UP border, Meerut-crossing to Kadrabad and also the pipeline road from Upper Ganga Canal to Loni.

“All routes have been made pothole-free and different agencies are working to maintain the roads. We also have installed 82 CCTV cameras at 61 points for surveillance. We have also set up Kanwar helpline camps at Muradnagar canal, Raj Nagar Extension, the district headquarter and the Meerut crossing. Here, the Kanwariyas can approach officials for any assistance,” Gautam said.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 09:38 IST