Only Ut­tarak­hand res­i­dents al­lowed to visit Char Dham shrines till June 30

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Su­parna Roy su­parna.roy@htlive.com

DEHRADUN: The Ut­tarak­hand gov­ern­ment on Tues­day is­sued guide­lines and stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures (SOPs) for vis­it­ing Char Dham shrines this year.

Pil­grims from out­side the state, how­ever, will not be al­lowed to visit the shrines un­til June 30. At present, only lo­cals from the dis­tricts where the tem­ples are lo­cated will be al­lowed to visit the shrines in a lim­ited num­ber.

Till June 30, a max­i­mum of 1,200 lo­cal pil­grims per day would be al­lowed for Badri­nath, 800 for Kedar­nath, 600 for Gan­gotri and 400 for Ya­munotri

shrine. An or­der is­sued by Rav­inath Ra­man, CEO of Char Dham Dev­asthanam Man­age­ment Board, said, “It has been de­cided that Char

Dham ya­tra will re­main sus­pended for pil­grims from out­side the state till June 30. How­ever, the priests and lo­cals have agreed to al­low pil­grims from within the district and nearby ar­eas fol­low­ing all norms.”

Pil­grims will be al­lowed to visit the shrines be­tween 7am to 7pm af­ter tak­ing a to­ken from coun­ters set up at the shrines.

It will be manda­tory for pil­grims to wear masks and main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Max­i­mum of 80 pil­grims per hour will be al­lowed to en­ter the Kedar­nath shrine and 120 pil­grims in the same time frame at Badri­nath shrine .

At Kedar­nath, the pil­grims will be given only a minute for ‘dar­shan ‘while the time limit has been capped to 30 sec­onds for the Badri­nath shrine. ’

AJAY LAL/HT

A man mark­ing cir­cles to en­sure proper phys­i­cal dis­tance be­tween vis­i­tors out­side the Badri­nath tem­ple.

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