Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday issued new standard operating procedures (SOP) for Char Dham Yatra, amidst the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes a day after the High Court removed the daily cap on the number of devotees visiting the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.
As per the guidelines, registration and e-pass will be mandatory for ‘darshan’ in the four dhams. For devotees coming to Uttarakhand 15 days after receiving a double dose of vaccination, the vaccination certificate has been made mandatory. Along with this, it will be necessary for all devotees to carry a vaccination certificate issued after receiving the double dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. One can also carry a negative COVID report not older than 72 hours.
As per the new guidelines, the concerned district administration and police officials have been asked to ensure proper COVID-19 guidelines during the ‘Char Dham’ Yatra. Earlier, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uttarakhand High Court had put a limit to the number of devotees that can visit the four holy shrines. However after the new order, there will be no daily limit starting today.
The high court’s order came after the Uttarakhand appealed to the court to amend its earlier order to increase the number of pilgrims visiting the Himalayan shrines.
The pilgrims will have to upload their identity card and negative RT-PCR/ vaccination report to get the e-pass. People can visit www.devasthanam.uk.gov.into to obtain an e-pass. The devotees have been asked to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols while undertaking the pilgrimage that ends on November 4.