The Uttarakhand government after a lot of consideration has taken some important decisions regarding the Char Dham Yatra in order to make the journey of the devotees better. It is said that since the beginning of the journey, there were flaws in the necessary arrangements. Many officials are claiming that a plan is being made to manage the crowd. Apart from this, many sick devotees have also died during the journey. Due to this, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has taken some important decisions.
The death of 28 passengers in the first nine days of the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand has raised a lot of questions on the government system. The video of misbehavior with passengers in Yamunotri Dham was also going viral. Slogans were raised by the passengers against the Uttarakhand Police due to the inconvenience caused by the VVIP movement.
We've requested everyone to get their health check-ups done. I appeal to everyone to not begin their Yatra (Char Dham Yatra) unless they're completely healthy. Secondly, there used to be a VIP category darshan. We've now kept it same for all. There'll be no VIP: Uttarakhand CM pic.twitter.com/F30YL4vscb— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2022
DGP Ashok Kumar told the media on Friday that now VIP visitors will have darshan like ordinary passengers. Ashok Kumar said, 'VIP entry for the temple has been stopped in view of the increasing crowd of devotees for Kedarnath Dham Darshan. According to the administration, VIP visitors will now have darshan like ordinary passengers.
As soon as the information about the disturbances spread in the Chardham Yatra was received, the Prime Minister's Office, showing seriousness, deployed ITBP on Sonprayag, Ukhimath and Yatra routes including Kedarnath Dham to take care of the arrangements. At present, more than 50 thousand devotees are reaching the Char Dhams every day for darshan.
There was a decline in the number of pilgrims traveling to Chardhama during Corona in 2020 and 2021, but it seems that those who could not travel last time, this time they want to make up for the shortfall. If we look at the figures, 2.20 lakh people visited Kedarnath Dham in 2020 and 2.42 lakh in 2021, but this time the situation is that more than 1.30 lakh pilgrims have visited Kedarnath in the last one week.
It has been almost a week since the annual Char Dham Yatra has begun and during this time state administration's mismanagement is visible in every Dham. Apart from Kedarnath, the system is also poor in Badrinath and Yamunotri. Devotees also created a ruckus regarding VIP entry of police officers in Yamunotri. Due to overcrowding, people are not getting a way to walk.
#WATCH | Uttarakhand: In view of the huge crowd of pilgrims visiting Kedarnath Dham, VIP entries to the temple stand closed. As per administration, VIP visitors will enter as normal passengers do. In just 6 days, more than 1 lakh 30 thousand pilgrims have visited: DGP Ashok Kumar pic.twitter.com/WZ4NY1rMNq— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2022