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Uttarakhand: High Court said- Government can start Chardham Yatra, will have to follow the rules

The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday heard public interest litigations filed regarding the state’s poor health system and Chardham Yatra. The court said in the Chardham case that if the government starts the yatra, then take a policy decision and make medical arrangements.

A public interest litigation regarding the arrangements made by the state government in the prevention of the COVID 19 epidemic was heard in the court on Wednesday. The state government presented its stand before the court.

The court has expressed its displeasure over the non-compliance of the guidelines of the Kovid 19 epidemic at the time of opening the doors of Chardham. Due to the matter being in the court, on Monday, the state government pulled back its steps to open the Chardham Yatra.

Otherwise, the government had given conditional permission for the local people of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi to visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham located in their respective districts. RTPCR negative test report was made mandatory for all passengers.

The decision-making committee on COVID curfew had asked the tourism department to issue a standard operating procedure in this regard at its level. But when Secretary Tourism told that on June 16, there is a hearing in the court. The government withheld the decision. Government spokesperson Subodh Uniyal said that the decision on Chardham Yatra has been withheld as the matter is sub-judice in the court. According to Uniyal, the future form of Chardham Yatra will be decided after June 16.

CHARDHAM Yatra will start soon with new guide line

Badrinath Assembly MLA and Devasthanam Board member Mahendra Bhatt says that Chardham Yatra will be started soon. A new guide line is being prepared for the journey.

The MLA said that the traders of Chardham Yatra routes have suffered the most. Spoke to the Chief Minister to give them some relief. The Yatra will be opened early with certain conditions. Apart from this, he said that there are 38 villages in the district which are in danger. But are not in the category of rehabilitation, after completing all the necessary procedures, they will also be kept in the category of rehabilitation.

Efforts are also being made to set up oxygen plants in Joshimath and Pokhari soon. The MLA said that the place where there was talk of making a helipad at Auli is being transferred to the Sports Department on the request of the local sports lovers.

Now a helipad will be built on Auli Road. The land has been seen for this. His survey has also been done.