After the Uttarakhand High Court lifted the restriction on number of devotees for Char Dham Yatra per day, now the State government has issued new Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) for the pilgrims.. Under the new guidelines, the devotees will have to register at Char Dham Board Portal to visit the shrines. However, the yatra e-pass is no longer required now.
The devotees either need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or will have to provide a negative RT-PCR test report, which should not be older than 72 hours.
On Tuesday, the division bench of lifted the restriction on number of devotees after the request of the state government but also added that the pilgrims will have to being either negative RT-PCR report or vaccination certificates.
“As per Hon'ble High Court of Uttarakhand order dated 05/10/2021 regarding the Chardham Yatra, upper ceiling on number of pilgrims visiting the dham temples has been removed. However all the pilgrims visiting Uttarakhand have to register themselves only on the portal http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in and follow the Uttarakhand State Covid-19 SOP,” says Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board on its website.
The court stayed the Char Dham Yatra in June 2021, because of the terrible second wave of COVID-19, which took the lives of thousands of people. In September, the court lifted the stay but had put restrictions on the number of pilgrims that can be allowed to visit the four shrines in a day- 800 for Kedarnat, 1000 for Badrinath, 600 for Gangotri and 400 for Yamunotri. Also, bathing in any reservoir or spring located around the shrines.