On Thursday, the Uttarakhand high court (HC) lifted the ban on the Char Dham Yatra after three months. The people are allowed to visit the shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri only if they are fully vaccinated and have the negative Covid report. Only 800 people will be allowed in Kedarnath Dham, 1200 in Badrinath Dham, 600 in Gangotri, and 400 in Yamunotri every day. Taking bath in any pool is also not allowed.
On Thursday, during the hearing the Advocate General on behalf of the government said, “the corona infection is now under control. In such a situation, the ban should be removed from the journey. The government will issue a new SOP for the journey. ”
Police forces will be positioned as required during the Chardham Yatra in Chamoli, Rudraprayag, and Uttarkashi districts as directed by the court. On Thursday the matter was heard before a division bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma as on September 10, the government had requested the court to hear the matter soon.
The Chardham Yatra was banned by the High court due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an SLP was filed by the government in Supreme Court, against this order, but recently the SLP was removed by the state government from SC. A big relief has been given to businessmen and state governments by the removal of the ban on travel by the high court. Residents of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, and Rudraprayag districts who are directly and indirectly associated with the Yatra are expected to get at ease.