Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
With the Haridwar Kumbh Mela coming to an end on Friday, the focus of the Uttarakhand government is on finalizing the procedures to be followed for the opening of the Char Dham Yatra.
The Chardham Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri.
The Uttarakhand government has given its green signal to hold the Char Dham Yatra from May 14. The state government has prepared the SOPs and some of the likely conditions include e-registrations, limiting numbers at the shrines, mandatory negative RT-PCR test.
However the government has yet to take a call on the number of pilgrims to be allowed in the temple premises of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
“We have made the negative RT-PCR report mandatory for Char Dham Yatra to ensure that the infection does not spread. Yatra is a matter of faith and we are committed to providing every facility our pilgrims from all over the world, ” said the state’s Tourism minister Satpal Mahara.
The government is making all possible arrangements for the Char Dham Yatra and will take a call on it after the lockdown in the state’s different parts ends on May 3,” said the Tourism Minister
These developments gain significance after several news reports have claimed that over 1000 people tested positive during the Kumbh Mela and a subsequent lockdown in the state.
Meanwhile, India reported more than 3.8 lakh new infections in the last 24 hours.