Uttarakhand Opens Chardham To Pilgrims From Other States, Revises Rules

Earlier, solely pilgrims from Uttarakhand had been permitted to embark on Chardham Yatra (File)


The Uttarakhand Devasthanam Board on Friday issued a revised normal working process (SOP) permitting asymptomatic individuals from outdoors the state to undertake the chardham yatra however with sure circumstances.

In response to the revised SOP, asymptomatic folks from outdoors the state who’ve undergone the RT-PCR take a look at from an ICMR-authorised lab and examined adverse 72 hours previous to their arrival in Uttarakhand can undertake a pilgrimage to the shrines after procuring an e-pass from the Devasthanam Board, its CEO, Ravinath Raman, instructed reporters.

The revised SOP has been issued to provide an impetus to the chardham yatra, which commenced on July 1 however was restricted to folks from Uttarakhand solely, he mentioned.

Asymptomatic travellers from outdoors the state who haven’t undertaken the RT-PCR take a look at from an ICMR-authorised lab 72 hours earlier than arrival should mandatorily bear quarantine earlier than making use of for an e-pass, the revised SOP says.

When the COVID-19 state of affairs normalises, extra steps shall be taken to provide an impetus to the chardham yatra, Mr Raman mentioned.

Pilgrims should mandatorily carry the e-pass, a photograph ID card and the RT-PCR take a look at report in unique whereas travelling to the Himalayan temples, he mentioned.

Greater than 21,178 e-passes have been issued by the board to pilgrims from inside the state since July 1, and greater than 10,000 of them have already visited the chardham, Mr Raman added.

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