On first Monday of the month of Shrawan, millions of kanwarias reached the holy city of Haridwar to collect Gangajal from the river Ganga. Kanwar Yatra is acknowledged as the biggest pilgrimage in North India. Last year, around 3.4 crore devotes reached the holy city and this year, the figure is expected to go further up.
District administration and police have made ample arrangements to ensure a smooth conduct of the fair. Heavy police force being deployed in the city, Haridwar administration has taken it as a challenge with the number of the pilgrims seeing a surge every passing year.
Around four crore pilgrims are expected to reach Haridwar during the Kanwad Yatra with the Dak Kanwad starting on July 18. Speaking about the arrangements, the Haridwar senior superintendent of police Krishna Kumar V K said, “We are trying to keep Haridwar-Delhi highway open as long as possible. However, the route might be diverted in the final days. Police force has been deployed at all the sensitive areas in the district. Five companies of para military forces have been deployed too. Extra force would be enforced for the mixed population areas if the situations warrant.”
Till 2 pm on Monday, 7.5 lakh pilgrims had reached the holy city and taken holy water back to their places.
On Monday, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a mobile app for Kanwarias that have started reaching the state to collect water from Ganga river.
The app, named “Har Shiv Shankar – Sawan Mein Kanvad” will provide all important information related to facilities like yatra route, traffic diversions, medical facilites, divers and police force deployment. The app can be easily downloaded from internet. It has been developed by a private software firm on request of Roorkee MLA Pradeep Batra. The app will also help trace the location of a devotee in case of an emergency.