With the traditional Kawad Yatra being revoked in the wake of the Covid crisis, many devotees are going to post offices in western Uttar Pradesh to buy bottles of Gangajal. Post Master General Sanjay Singh, who is the in-charge for western Uttar Pradesh, said more than 300 post offices have been made sales centres in the region. He said, In Bareilly city, 350 bottles have been sold in the past six days.. Due to the ban on "Kawad Yatra," people will not be able to go to Uttarakhand but Gangajal collected from Gangotri is available at select post offices in all major cities, he added.
While 190 bottles of Gangajal were sold from the head post office, 160 were sold from other post offices in the city, Bareilly’s Senior Postmaster P K Singh said. The postal department has kept the price for a 250 ml bottle at Rs 30, he said, adding that the sale is expected to increase on Mondays. The annual "Kawad Yatra" was banned amid fears of the third coronavirus wave.