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An old bridge on the Dehradun - Rishikesh highway ahead of the airport suddenly collapsed today while traffic was moving. The drivers left vehicles as bridge broke into two parts.
 

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#Breaking | An old bridge on the Dehradun - Rishikesh highway ahead of the airport suddenly collapsed today while traffic was moving.
 

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Good news for people waiting to visit Char Dham Yatra ..
High court orders to open yatra, with few rules..

Max no of visitors limited to
Badrinath 1200
Kedranath 800
Gangotri 600
Yumnotri 400

All yatris need to carry negative report, and should be vaccinated with both dabs.
 

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Uttarakhand HC lifts stay on Char Dham yatra; caps number of daily pilgrims

The state government then approached the Supreme Court with a Special leave petition (SLP) against the decision. But earlier this month, it withdrew the SLP and approached the HC again with the plea that the yatra be allowed as Covid cases had come down significantl
By Neeraj Santoshi

UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:08 PM IST

The Uttarakhand high court on Thursday lifted its June 28 stay on the Char Dham yatra and directed the state government to conduct the annual pilgrimage with strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines. The yatra will be open to all.

Allowing the resumption of the yatra, a division bench of the court comprising chief justice RS Chauhan and justice Alok Kumar Verma limited the daily number of devotees to the temples, and said they would have to carry negative Covid test reports and vaccination certificates.
Putting a cap on the number of devotees visiting the Himalayan shrines, the high court said that only 800 pilgrims for Kedarnath, 1,000 for Badrinath, 600 for Gangotri and 400 for Yamunotri will be allowed per day. Pilgrims will also not be allowed to take a bath in any of the springs around the temples, it added.
According to advocate general SN Babulkar, Char Dham yatra will be open to all with Covid-19 curbs. On June 20, the state government had announced the opening of Char Dham yatra in two phases- from July 1, for locals from three districts and from July 11 for people across the state, as at that time, the state was still reporting significant Covid-19 cases daily


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The bench was hearing the state government’s petition seeking resumption of the yatra which was stayed by the court on June 28. The state sought to begin the pilgrimage for locals of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts where the temples are located from July 1.
Besides the state, several local businessmen and traders also moved the court with the same request.
Shiv Bhatt, counsel of one of the petitioners said the bench directed the state government to station helicopters and ambulances at all shrines.
“The court has directed the government to provide various facilities on the route to Char Dham from Haridwar. The court also said medical facilities such as beds with medical oxygen will be enhanced” Bhatt said.
After the high court’s June 28 decision, the state government approached the Supreme Court with a special leave petition (SLP) to vacate the former’s stay on the yatra. As the matter was pending in the apex court, the high court was not in a position to hear the state government’s plea seeking lifting of the ban. However, the state recently withdrew its SLP in the top court, paving the way for the high court to hear its petition.

Meanwhile, the high court is also hearing a bunch of public interest litigations filed by lawyers and activists Sachdanand Dabral, Dushyant Mainali, Anu Pant and Rajendra Arya related to various issues pertaining to the Covid-19 situation in the state.
Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri are collectively called Char Dham and millions visit them annually. The pilgrimage begins from Yamunotri in the west. It then proceeds to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath in the east.
Last year, the pilgrimage could not be held as per schedule on April 26 with the opening of portals of Yamunotri and Gangotri, the first two shrines that are opened after winter, because of the lockdown imposed to check the pandemic spread in March 2020.

Uttarakhand HC lifts stay on Char Dham yatra; caps number of daily pilgrims
 

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Uttarakhand HC allows Char Dham Yatra, sets daily limit on number of devotees visiting shrines

Carrying a negative Covid test report and a vaccination certificate will also be mandatory for the visitors, the court said.

By: PTI | Nainital |
Updated: September 16, 2021 3:50:14 pm




Putting a daily cap on the number of devotees visiting the famous Himalayan temples also known as the char dham, the high court said 800 pilgrims will be allowed in Kedarnath Dham, 1200 in Badrinath Dham, 600 in Gangotri and 400 in Yamunotri every day.
(PTI/File)

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday vacated its stay on the Char Dham Yatra and directed the state government to conduct the pilgrimage with strict adherence to Covid-19 norms.
Lifting the ban on the yatra, a division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma said the pilgrimage will start with restrictions like a daily limit on the number of devotees visiting the temples.
Carrying a negative Covid-19 test report and a vaccination certificate will also be mandatory for the visitors, the court said.

Putting a daily cap on the number of devotees visiting the famous Himalayan temples also known as the char dham, the high court said 800 pilgrims will be allowed in Kedarnath Dham, 1200 in Badrinath Dham, 600 in Gangotri and 400 in Yamunotri every day.

Pilgrims will not be allowed to take a bath in any of the springs around the temples, it said.
Police force will be deployed as per requirements during the Char Dham Yatra in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts.
The court order comes as a big relief to the state government which was under pressure from various quarters to start the pilgrimage with which the livelihoods of lakhs of people including travel agents and pilgrimage priests are linked.

With the Covid-19 situation being uncertain, the court had on June 28 put a stay on the state Cabinet’s decision to start the Char Dham Yatra in a limited way for the residents of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts where the temples are located.
It had plans to open up the yatra in a phased manner for pilgrims from outside the state depending on the Covid-19 situation.
The state government then approached the Supreme Court to vacate the high court’s stay on the yatra. As the matter was pending in the apex court, the high court was not in a position to hear the state government’s plea seeking lifting of the ban.
However, it recently withdrew its SLP in the Supreme Court paving the way for the high court to hear its plea.
Advocate General SN Babulkar and Chief Standing Advocate CS Rawat, appearing for the government, demanded that the ban be removed to restore the livelihood of the local people.
The advocate general said there is an earning period of the Char Dham Yatra and if the season passes, many families will suffer huge losses.
The advocate general further pleaded that the initial worry of the Court while imposing the ban has been addressed and there has been a significant improvement in health services.
The government also assured the Court that there will be a strict adherence to the Covid-19 SOP for the Yatra.
In June, the high court had stayed the Char Dham Yatra till further orders, while hearing public interest litigations (PIL) related to increase in Covid-19 cases, lack of health facilities and other factors.

Against this order, the state government had filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, which could not be heard.
Advocate General SN Babulkar and CSC Chandrashekhar Rawat had recently 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 pending before the Supreme Court.

The government withdrew the SLP from the Supreme Court and apprised the high court, after which the high court heard the matter.

Uttarakhand HC allows Char Dham Yatra, sets daily limit on number of devotees visiting shrines
 
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