Today, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami announced that the Chardham Yatra is all set to commence from September 18. The decision takes place a day after Uttarakhand High Court gave its nod to the pilgrimage.
Giving a nod to the Chardham Yatra, the HC has made it mandatory that all pilgrims visiting the holy sites should be fully vaccinated, and also provide negative COVID-19 reports. The pilgrims and the locals have been strictly instructed to follow all COVID-19 protocols and maintain social distancing. Wearing of the mask has also been made mandatory.
The number of devotees visiting Kedarnath Dham, Badrinath Dham, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dham has been limited by the HC. As per the order, only 800 devotees will be allowed at Kedarnath Dham, 1200 at Badrinath Dham, 600 at Gangotri, and 400 devotees at Yamunotri Dham in a single day.
The police force will be deployed as per requirements during the Char Dham Yatra in Chamoli, Rudraprayag, and Uttarkashi districts. The government also assured the Court that there will be strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOP for the Yatra.
Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday vacated its stay on the Chardham Yatra and directed the state government to conduct the pilgrimage with strict adherence to COVID-19 norms.