Uttarakhand High Court asks for SOPs for Char Dham Yatra

Uttarakhand High Court asks for SOPs for Char Dham Yatra

The Uttarakhand state government has been asked to frame a Standard Operating Procedure for the Char Dham Yatra by the Uttarakhand High Court. The court has warned that there should not be any laxity as seen previously during the Kumbh Mela. The Uttarakhand High Court is reportedly not too pleased with the affidavit filed by Dilip Jawalkar, the Tourism Secretary of the state. The court said that there is no clear indication on whether the Char Dham Yatra will restart after June 22 in a phased manner.

For now the Char Dham Yatra is barred until June 22. The pilgrimage takes devotees to four of the holiest sites in Hinduism. These are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Puri, and Rameswaram.

The court further stated that SOPs for Kumbh were issued only a day before Kumbh had begun, and this led to a lack of preparation. This led to an increase in the cases of coronavirus, which put the state of Uttarakhand under a bad light. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan, and Justice Alok Verma has now asked the state government to formulate SOPs, and file it before June 21 in court.

The court has also asked the Chief Secretary, the Health Secretary, and the Additional Tourism Secretary to appear in court during the next hearing through video conferencing.

The Char Dham Yatra is one of the most revered pilgrimages in the country that draws a lot of attention each year. Due to the current health crisis in India and the world, there have been delays over the yatra, and a decision is still pending on whether it will open up for pilgrims or not.

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