Chardham Yatra starts from today; Rules issued by the administration, only those who have e-pass can take darshan

Restrictions on various things have been lifted in many states as the country’s corona infection rate seems to be declining. Restrictions are being phased out in view of the Corona situation. Meanwhile, the Chardham Yatra, which has been closed for several days now, will start from today (September 18). The Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami made the announcement on Friday.

The Chardham Yatra is starting from Saturday after almost four months. On Friday, the Uttarakhand government issued a comprehensive working procedure (SOP) for the Chardham Yatra. E-passes will be issued to pilgrims visiting Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham after registration. Only after that will permission be given for darshan in Chardham.

Passengers from outside the state will also have to register on the Smart City portal. 15 days after receiving the second dose of Covid vaccine, travel will be permitted on this certificate. But for passengers coming from Kerala, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, after taking both doses, a negative report has been made mandatory 72 hours before the Kovid test.

Secretary Dharmaswa Harichandra Semwal has issued SOP for Chardham Yatra. Meanwhile, the Chardham Devasthanam Management Board has also issued an SOP. Both SOPs have the same provisions. The procession from Chardham will start from September 18. Outbound and out-of-state passengers are allowed conditional.

To visit the shrines, travelers must first register on the Devasthanam Board’s website. Thereafter, a limited number of e-passes will be issued daily by the Devasthanam Board. Passengers’ e-passes will be checked before visiting the main gate of the temple premises.

The court has limited the daily number of devotees visiting these famous temples in the Himalayas, known as ‘Chardham’. The court said that 800 devotees will be admitted daily in Kedarnath Dham, 1200 in Badrinath Dham, 600 in Gangotri and 400 in Yamunotri. The court also said that pilgrims would not be allowed to bathe in the pools around the temples.

Meanwhile, the district magistrate of Dehradun has instructed all district level officers to keep their phones off except for emergencies. Orders have also been issued under the Disaster Management Act for non-compliance with the rules. The decision was taken against the backdrop of Kovid 19, landslides and other accidents.

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