The Uttarakhand government, on June 29, postponed the Char Dham Yatra with immediate effect till further orders, in compliance with the order of the Uttarakhand High Court in this regard. The state government also issued a revised SOP in this regard.
This came a day after the Uttarakhand government allowed the Char Dham Yatra in two phases, the first phase of which was scheduled to start from July 1, while the second phase was to start from July 11.
Despite the high court's order against holding it this year, the state government had issued fresh COVID-19 guidelines for the Char Dham yatra as it decided to start the phase of the pilgrimage.
As per the government, the COVID-19 negative report is mandatory for those undertaking the yatra. The SOPs have been issued for the residents of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi.While residents of Rudraprayag will be allowed to visit the pilgrimage site -- Kedarnath, locals from Chamoli district are permitted to undertake yatra of Badrinath. The residents of Uttarkashi will be allowed to visit Yamunotri and Gangotri in the first phase. In the second phase, all the residents of the state will be permitted to take part in the yatra.
Uttarakhand Government has postponed the Char Dham Yatra with immediate effect till further orders, in compliance with the order of the Uttarakhand High Court. Government issues revised SOP.
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2021
The Uttarakhand High Court on June 28 had stayed the state Cabinet's decision permitting Char Dham yatra with a limited number of pilgrims and had also ordered live streaming of Char Dham shrines.The court asked the government to file the affidavit again by July 7.
Earlier on June 25, the State Cabinet decided to partially open the Char Dham yatra for locals in limited numbers from July 1. Initially, it was decided, the yatra would be opened for residents of Chamoli, Uttarkashi, and Rudraprayag districts with a cap on the number of pilgrims to visit the temples daily.
The four pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri.