June 21: The Uttarakhand High Court has recently been asked the Uttarakhand state government to frame a Standard Operating Procedure for the Char Dham Yatra while warning that there should not be any laxity as seen during the Kumbh Mela previously.
Reportedly, the Uttarakhand High Court has is not too pleased with the affidavit filed by the Tourism Secretary of the state, Dilip Jawalkar. The court has also said that there is no clear indication on if the Char Dham Yatra will restart after June 22 in a phased manner. As of now, the Char Dham Yatra is barred until June 22.
Char Dham Yatra is an annual celebration for the pilgrims who visit the four holy sites holding great significance in Hinduism. These fours holy shrines are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Puri, and Rameswaram.
Also, the court further stated that the SOPs for Kumbh was issued only a day before Kumbh began leading to a lack of preparation. Further, this also led to an increase in coronavirus cases putting the Uttarakhand state under the bad light.
Therefore, not willing to let it happen again, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Verma has asked the state government to formulate Standard Operating Procedure and file it in the court before June 21.
The court has also asked the Chief Secretary the Additional Tourism Secratery and the Health Secretary. There has been a lot of confusion for Char Dham Yatra, but now the state government is focused on not sacrificing the safety measures.