To ensure a hassle-free and safe Kanwad Yatra of Shiv-bhakts, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath, on Tuesday, directed, among other things, that all liquor and meat shops should remain closed on the route in Noida and Greater Noida, which in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district.
According to the directives, drones would be deployed to monitor the law and order situation on the yatra route, besides a posse of police force.
After multiple inter-department meetings chaired by District Magistrate Suhas L Yathiraj, the administration has been asked to ensure that there’s no waterlogging on the roads and that they are well-lit and free of potholes.
The Kanwad Yatra is usually taken out from July 15 to July 26 during the auspicious Hindu month of Shravan. “All officials have been instructed to ensure compliance with the Uttar Pradesh Government’s guidelines on preparations for the Kanwad Yatra like every year,” said a senior administration official.
Love Kumar, the Joint Commissioner of Police in charge of the security arrangements, said constant inspection of the route is on, and rapid response teams (RRT) have been stationed. Preventive action would also be taken against identified miscreants who often cause public nuisance and law and order issues, Kumar said.
No official order is yet in force on the closure of authorized liquor shops. “But that could be done after government order depending on the law and order situation, which is a routine practice during the yatra,” an official statement said.
Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjoining Delhi in western UP, witnesses the Kanwad Yatra through relatively smaller road patches in Noida and Greater Noida. The more significant movement takes place through the adjoining Ghaziabad towards Uttarakhand.
According to officials, in Gautam Buddh Nagar, there are two routes in Dadri, three in Jarcha, and one each in Dankaur, Kasna, Jewar and Rabupura.