Char Dham yatra to start from today with capping on number of pilgrims

After the Uttarakhand high the court lifted its stay on Char Dham yatra, it will officially start from Saturday with a capping on the number of pilgrims that will be allowed daily to the four revered Himalayan shrines, officials said.

Ravinath Raman, chief executive officer of Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board, said, the yatra will start on Saturday.

“The pilgrims from anywhere who want to visit Char Dham will have to register themselves on the website of Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board (https://badrinath-kedarnath.gov.in/) where a sub-link will be provided for the same after the state government issues the SOPs. Also, they will have to bring a negative Covid-19 report with them or a certificate of having received both the doses of Covid-19 vaccination,” he said.

On September 16, the HC lifted its June 28 stay on Char Dham yatra. The number of pilgrims to be allowed daily will be 800 for Kedarnath, 1000 for Badrinath, 600 for Gangotri and 400 for Yamunotri.

Following the development, chief secretary SS Sandhu chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials from various departments on the evening of September 16, issuing important directions to the district magistrates of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi, where four revered shrines are located, regarding various arrangements and preparations for Char Dham yatra.

Kedarnath shrine is located in Rudraprayag district, while Badrinath is in Chamoli district. Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines are located in Uttarkashi district.

The district magistrates (DMs) will ensure proper arrangements are made on the Char Dham route with regard to road safety, sanitation, crowd management, transport management, Covid testing. (Source HT)

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