Some people were stopped at Pandukeshwar, just 14-15 km before Badrinath, who returned without visiting the temple on Friday.
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All the devotees coming for darshan of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, popularly known as Chardham, have only one complaint that they were not informed about the mandatory e-pass issued by the Devasthanam Board and now when they apply for the same. If you are doing then the portal is not opening at all. The Honda family from Delhi who were stopped at Pandukeshwar, just 14-15 kms from Badrinath on Thursday, returned without visiting the temple on Friday. Also Read – Uttarakhand: Chardham Yatra is starting from tomorrow, know what are the rules and guidelines
The head of the family told that from Rishikesh to Pandukeshwar, he was not stopped anywhere at the check posts made by the Uttarakhand government at many places due to having all the certificates related to Kovid. But in Pandukeshwar, we were asked to make a pass for the Chardham Devasthanam Board. He said that when he wanted to open the website to make the pass, it did not open. He said that if he had already been informed about the Devasthanam Board pass on the way, he would have got the pass made earlier. Also Read – Chardham Yatra 2021: Chardham Yatra will start soon, Uttarakhand High Court lifts the ban; Only so many people will be allowed
Chamoli Superintendent of Police Yashwant Chauhan said in this regard that the directions of the High Court are being followed and we cannot do anything at our level. He told that this issue was also raised in front of Prime Minister’s advisor Bhaskar Khulbe on Thursday.
On the directions of the Uttarakhand High Court, the maximum daily number of devotees has been fixed for the Chardham Yatra which started from September 18, under which one thousand in Badrinath, 800 in Kedarnath, 600 in Gangotri and more than 400 in Yamunotri. will not be allowed.
The state government has made it mandatory for travelers from outside states to register in the Smart City Portal as well as on the Chardham Devasthanam Board’s portal. But they are getting to know about it only after reaching near the pilgrimage places, due to which devotees like Honda have to return without darshan.
Due to this, even after allowing 2800 pilgrims to visit these shrines every day, only a little more than half of the pilgrims are able to reach these dhams. According to the press release issued by the Devasthanam Board here, a total of 1,717 pilgrims visited the shrines till 4 pm on Friday, which is less than the permission of 2800 pilgrims.
The businessmen present on the travel routes are also very sad about this. Chardham Hotel Association coordinator Atul Shah said that bookings have been done on the Chardham Devasthanam Board’s registration portal till October but the number of pilgrims reaching the temples is very less.
He said that due to the return of the pilgrims, not only the hoteliers are facing huge losses but it is not sending a good message about travel in the country. Chamoli District Magistrate Himashu Khurana told ‘Bhasha’ that on the basis of the orders of the High Court and the SOPs and instructions issued by the state government, the facility of darshan is being provided to the pilgrims.
Regarding not allowing pilgrims to visit Badrinath Dham without the registration of Devasthanam Board, he said that it is a matter of the higher authorities and only they can take a decision on it.
Local businessmen say that the facility of online and offline registration should be made available by the Devasthanam Board in Pandukeshwar so that devotees who reach here after a long journey can be saved from the misery of returning without darshan.