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Uttarakhand suspends Char Dham Yatra in wake of rising Covid-19 cases

The portals of Yamunotri are scheduled to open on May 14, followed by Gangotri on May 15, Kedarnath on May 17 and Badrinath on May 18.

Written by Lalmani Verma | New Delhi |
Updated: April 30, 2021 3:25:45 am
The temple at Kedarnath. (File Photo)

DRAWING CRITICISM for allowing gatherings at Kumbh Mela amid the Covid surge, the Uttarakhand government Thursday suspended the Char Dham Yatra, which was scheduled to begin in May.

The portals of Yamunotri are scheduled to open on May 14, followed by Gangotri on May 15, Kedarnath on May 17 and Badrinath on May 18.

Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat told reporters, “In the wake of rising Covid infection, Char Dham Yatra has been suspended… The portals will be opened on scheduled time but only priests will perform the rituals inside the shrines. Yatra will remain closed for others.”

Even local residents of the respective districts will not be allowed to enter the Char Dham shrines. Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said, “We do not want the infection to spread in the hills.”

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