Char Dham Yatra 2021: The Uttarakhand High Court has heard the affidavit filed by the government regarding the commencement of the Chardham Yatra. After hearing the matter, removing the ban imposed on the yatra by its decision of June 28, the court has ordered the government to start the Chardham Yatra with restrictions following the rules of Covid. The state government has got a big relief due to the order of the court to start the yatra. Along with this, the livelihood of the residents of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, and Rudraprayag districts, including thousands of travel businessmen and pilgrimage priests, is expected to be back on track.
On Thursday, a division bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma heard the application filed by the government to lift the ban on travel. Advocate General SN Babulkar, Chief Standing Advocate CS Rawat, appearing for the government, demanded the lifting of the ban on the basis of livelihood of local people, Kovid being under control, improvement in health services, strict adherence to SOP, etc. The court also referred to the report of the District Legal Services Authority. The Advocate General said that there is an earning period of Chardham Yatra.
Court limited the number of passengers
According to the government’s SOP, the court reduced the number of daily arrivals in Badrinath from 1200 to 1000. Only 800 pilgrims have been allowed to travel for one day in Kedarnath, 600 in Gangotri, and 400 in Yamunotri. NGOs doing service work on helicopters and travel routes will be able to work only after the permission of the District Magistrate. A negative report of RTPCR test or certificate of vaccine dose will be required for travel.
In June, the High Court had banned
In June, the High Court had stayed the Chardham Yatra till further orders, while hearing public interest litigations related to increasing in Covid cases, lack of health facilities, and other disturbances. Against this order, the state government had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, which could not be heard. Recently, Advocate General SN Babulkar and CSC Chandrashekhar Rawat requested a bench headed by Chief Justice RS Chauhan to lift the ban on travel, but the court refused to consider it, citing the SLP being pending in the Supreme Court. After which the government withdrew the SLP from the Supreme Court. Recently, when the government informed the High Court about this, the court had fixed the date of 15-16 September.
Petitioner’s advocate said this
Advocate Abhijay Negi for petitioner Anu Pant, Ravindra Jugran, DK Joshi told that there is the consent of all the parties on the opening of Chardham Yatra. If the government had informed the High Court in advance about the elaborate preparations related to the health infrastructure, then there would have been no need to stop the travel. We hope that the government will be able to continue the journey with a sound health system and cleanliness.