The Nainital High Court on Thursday lifted the ban on Chardham Yatra. The court has also issued some mandatory COVID-19 protocols to be followed by the devotees. The development comes after the Uttarakhand government had earlier moved Supreme Court, challenging the High Court's stay on the Chardham Yatra. The High Court had expressed dissatisfaction over the state government's preparedness to deal with a possible third wave of COVID-19 and had hence, on June 28, put a stay on a state Cabinet's decision to open the yatra for residents of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts from July 1.
The Cabinet had decided to open the yatra for people from the districts where the famous four Himalayan temples are located on the condition of strict adherence to Covid protocol, including bringing a negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test report.
Here are the fresh guidelines issued for Chardham Yatra
- A mandatory COVID-19 negative test report
- Certificate for complete (double) vaccination
- Only 800 devotees to be allowed at Kedarnath Dham in a day
- Only 1200 devotees to be allowed at Badrinath Dham
- 600 devotees at Gangotri
- 400 devotees at Yamunotri Dham
Last year, when the yatra was allowed for devotees from all over the country, 70 people visited Gangotri per day, 40 visited Yamunotri, 180 Kedarnath and around 400 turned up daily at Badrinath.
Video shows court order postponing the Chardham Yatra