Online registrations for the Char Dham Yatra have reached the permissible limit till October 15 after its start on September 18. Considering this and in observance of the Uttarakhand high court orders, the State Government has decided that instead of those who have secured e-passes but are unable to visit the shrines the other pilgrims with valid registration and documentation will be allowed to visit the shrines.
In an order issued on Saturday, secretary Harichandra Semwal states that in accordance with high court orders, the authorities have decided that the daily limit of pilgrims allowed to visit the Char Dham shrines will be 1,000 in Badrinath, 800 in Kedarnath, 600 in Gangotri and 400 in Yamunotri. The pilgrims are required to register on the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board website. Considering the number of people allowed to visit the shrines, registrations have been done to the permissible limit till October 15. However, considering the trends visible since start of the Char Dham Yatra, the authorities have decided that instead of registered pilgrims unable to undertake the pilgrimage, other registered pilgrims will be allowed to visit the shrines by the district magistrate concerned on the condition that the total number remains within the permissible limit.
According to the Devasthanam Board, till 4 PM on Saturday a total of 14,670 pilgrims had visited the Char Dham shrines. On Saturday, 460 people visited Badrinath, 636 visited Kedarnath while Gangotri had 430 visitors and Yamunotri had 400. It is pertinent to mention here that day after the start of the Char Dham Yatra on September 18, more than 42,000 e-passes had been issued to pilgrims from the official website of the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board.