June 26, 2022

Haridwar traders oppose govt’s proposal to put cap on number of Kumbh pilgrims | Dehradun News

Haridwar: Miffed with chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s proposal to put a cap on the number of pilgrims for Haridwar Kumbh 2021, the traders of the holy town have decided to launch a protest. They said the government should frame simpler rules for the pilgrims so that they can take part in large numbers in the four-month long event. “The Covid-19 pandemic has already ruined our business. If the government decides to restrict the number of pilgrims at the Kumbh, it will prove detrimental for our businesses,” a member of Haridwar Vyapar Mandal told TOI. CM Rawat had earlier said that the state will issue passes to the pilgrims planning to visit Haridwar for Kumbh 2021.
The decision on the total numbers of pilgrims will be taken next year depending on the Covid-19 situation.
The announcement came as a big disappointment for the trading community. The local traders say that they already have suffered massive losses as many festivals and bathing days were not celebrated this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The hoteliers, transporters, tourist agents, and other shopkeepers besides priests were hoping that the Kumbh will be an opportunity to make up for the financial loss they had suffered,” said Kailash Keshwani, national secretary of Haridwar Vyapar Mandal.

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